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Kachina doll

Arizona, USA

Monongya Katsina
Lizard Kachina Doll

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Circa 1910-1920
Height: 10 ½ in. (26.5 cm)

Old “Hopi Villages” label under the base

Ex private collection, Venice Beach, CA, USA

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 teaching tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.