North America

Kachina doll

Arizona, USA

Kuwantotim Katsina
Drummer/Singer Kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Circa 1900
Height: 9 ½ in. (24.5 cm)

Ex private collection, Tucson, Arizona

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.