North America

Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, USA

Hilili Katsina
Whipper Kachina, 2nd or 3rd Mesa

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Cira 1890
Height: 16 in. (40.5 cm)

Ex collection Nathan (Colorado)
Ex collection Merton D Simpson, New York
Ex collection Elaine Lustig Cohen (1927-2016), New York, acquired from the above on January 17, 1967

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.