North America

Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, USA

Hu Katsina
Ogre kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Circa 1890
Height: 9 ½ in; (24 cm)

Ex collection Allan Stone, New York
Ex Sotheby’s, New York, The Collection of Allan Stone, Volume Two, May 16, 2014, lot 103
Ex collection James F. Scott, Charlottesville, acquired at the above auction

Ill. in: Mémoires d’une poupée Kachina, Editions Makassar – L’Enfance de l’Art, 2018

Price: on request

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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.