Pahlik Mana Katsina (Butterfly Maiden)
with an exceptionally large tableta
Carved wood (Cottonwood) and natural pigments
Height: 14 ¾ in. (37.5 cm)
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.