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Kachina Doll

Hopi, Arizona, USA

Kahaila katsina
Hunter kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments and feathers
Circa 1930
Height : 8 ½ in. and 12 ½ in. with feathers
(22 cm and 31.5 cm with feathers)

Ex collection Michael D. Higgins, Tucson

Price: sold

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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 spirit is a member of the Hunter Kachinas. It is also known as the Eagle Feathers Erect Man katsina.