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Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona

Poos’hum Katsina
(Seed Kachina doll)

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Circa 1910
Height: 11 ¾ in. (29.5 cm)
Ex private estate, California

Price: sold

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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.