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Kachina Doll
Hummingbird

Hopi, Arizona, USA

Tocha Katsina
Hummingbird Kachina Doll

Carved cottonwood, natural pigments
Circa 1900-1920
Height: 9 in. (23 cm)

Ex private collection, USA

Price: sold

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Kachina dolls (or katsinam) represent spirits or gods from the pantheon of the Pueblo peoples in the American Southwest. Given to children, kachina dolls constituted a pedagogical tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.