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Kachina Doll

Hopi, Arizona

Talavai Katsina
Dawn Singer Kachina Doll

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Circa 1930
Height: 5 in. (13 cm)

Ex collection Bob Gallegos, New Mexico, USA

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.