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Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, U.S.A.

Ma’alo / Flower (variant) Katsina

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Circa 1900
Height: 12 ¾ in. (32.5 cm)

Ex collection Sidney Brinckerhoff (1933-2017), former director of the Arizona Historical Society

Old label “From the Hopi Villages”

Price: sold

America - Southwest
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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.