Kae or Avachhoya Katsina
Corn Kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments, feathers
Height: 10 in. (25 cm) excl. feathers
Ex collection Steve Nelson, California
Ex private collection, USA
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.