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Soyal Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, USA

Soyal Katsina
Solstice / Return Kachina Doll (archaic variant)

Carved cottonwood, natural pigments
Circa 1890-1900
Height: 9 ½ in. (24 cm)

Ex collection Alan Kessler, USA
Ex private collection

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.