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Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, U.S.A.

Pahlik Mana Katsina
Butterfly Maiden Kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Circa 1880s
Height : 10 ¾ in. (27.5 cm)

Ex collection Teal McKibben (1928-2006), Santa Fe
Ex collection Bob Gallegos, Albuquerque (acquired from the above in 1997)
Ex collection Malcolm H. Grimmer, Santa Fe

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.
In the Hopi pantheon, Pahlik Mana is the Butterfly Maiden. Pahlik Mana is often seen grinding corn, while sometimes she is seen with colorful plants and birds. She brings rain creating life, whether it is corn or animals, and is thought very highly of to the Hopi. Pahlik Mana is impersonated by both men and women during the dances depending on what mesa they are being portrayed. This Kachina Maiden performs a special dance. During this dance, certain Kiva members must abstain from eating salty and fatty foods and abstaining from contact with the opposite sex. The fasting achieves spiritual concentration through self-purification of the mind and spirit. The Butterfly Dance is a colorful dance that is a prayer for rain, and a bountiful harvest.
As far as provenance is concerned, Teal McKibben (1928-2006) was a well-respected American artist. In 1959, she was chosen by Art in America Magazine as one of this country's most talented young painters. ( “New Talent In The U.S.A.”, Number 1, 1959).
In the late 1970s, she opened an art gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe which featured American Indian Art, her true passion.