North America

Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, USA

Ka’e (?) Katsina
Corn (?) kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Circa 1920
Height: 9 ¾ in. (25 cm)

Ex collection Bob Gallegos, New Mexico

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.