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Kachina Doll

Hopi, Arizona

Hahai Wuhti Mana Katsina
(Female Kachina doll – Mother of Kachinas)

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Circa 1910-1920
Height: 4 ½ in. (11.5 cm)
Ex private estate, Nambe, New Mexico

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.