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Hemis Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona

Hemis Katsina
New Corn Kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Circa 1930
Height: 16 ¾ in. (42.5 cm)

Ex collection Chris Selser, New Mexico

Ill. in: Mémoires d’une poupée Kachina, Editions Makassar – L’Enfance de l’Art, 2018

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.
The Hemis kachina represents ripening corn. It is a prayer for moisture and when it comes, it brings in the first corn of the season. It is one of the most beautiful of the kachinas and is decorated with many symbols of the desire for rain.