North America

Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, U.S.A.

Tasap Katsina
Navajo Spirit Kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Circa 1920
Height: 7 ½ in. (19 cm)

Ex private collection, Tucson, Arizona

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.