Kachinas Archives

Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, USA

Rugan Katsina
Corn Dancer / Rasping kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments, feathers
Circa 1900
Height: 8 ½ in. (22 cm)

Ex collection Albert T. Miller, California
Ex collection Judson & Nancy Ball

Exhibited in 1967 at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles,
“Kachinas” exhibition

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.