North America

Kachina Doll

Hopi
Arizona, USA

Hakto Katsina
Wood-carrying Kachina doll

Carved Cottonwood and natural pigments
Circa 1910-1920
Height: 9 ¾ in. (25 cm)

Price: on request

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.

Hakto is a diminutive of the Zuni name Yamuhakto, which means "carrying wood on his head." In Hopi, this kachina spirit appears in the Mixed Dance. The vertical colored lines on the sides of the mask represent perspiration marks.