Lizard Kachina Doll
Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Height: 10 ½ in. (26.5 cm)
Old “Hopi Villages” label under the base
Ex private collection, Venice Beach, CA, 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 teaching tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.