North America

Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, U.S.A.

Salako Mana Katsina

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Prior to 1900
Height: 6 ¾ (17 cm)

Ex collection Allan Stone, New York
Ex Sotheby’s New York May 2014, lot 116

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.