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Kachina Doll

Hopi
Arizona, USA

Tasap or Teuk Katsina
Kachina doll depicting a Navajo spirit

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Height: 8 ¾ in. (22.5 cm)

Ex private collection, Arizona

Circa 1900s

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.