Hopi, Arizona, USA
Crow Mother Kachina doll
Cottonwood, natural pigments and feathers
Height: 7 ¾ in. (20 cm)
Ex collection John C. Hill
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.