Soyal Kachina doll
Hopi, Arizona, USA
Solstice / Return Kachina Doll (archaic variant)
Carved cottonwood, natural pigments
Height: 9 ½ in. (24 cm)
Ex collection Alan Kessler, USA
Ex private collection
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.