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Kachina Doll

Arizona, USA

Hoho Mana Katsina
Lady Hoho Kachina Doll

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments and feathers
Circa 1890
Height: 8 ¾ in. (22.5 cm)

Ex private collection, 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.
This doll is a Zuni maiden, sometimes nicknamed "Frog" girl. She is a symbol of moisture.