North America

Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, USA

Sio Hemis Katsina
New corn kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Circa 1930
Height: 17 in. (43 cm)

Ex collection Brant Mackley, USA
Ex private collection, USA

Ill. in: Mémoires d’une poupée Kachina, Editions Makassar – L’Enfance de l’Art, 2018

Price: on request

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.