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Kachina doll

Arizona, USA

Koyemsi Katsina
Mudhead Clown Kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Circa 1930s
Height: 10 ¼ in. (26 cm)

Ex collection John C. Hill, Arizona

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.