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Kachina doll

Hopi
Arizona, USA

Hochani Katsina
Racoon Kachina doll

Carved cottonwood and natural pigments
Circa 1920s-1930s
Height: 6 ¼ in. (16.5 cm)

Ex private collection in California

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.