North America

Kachina Doll

Hopi
Arizona, USA

Tatangaya Katsina
Hornet Kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments and feathers
Circa 1930
Height: 11 ¼ in. (28.5 cm)
Ex private collection, California

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 teaching tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.
Tatangaya, or Wasp, Hornet Kachina exists in two distinctive forms. First Mesa Tatangaya looks completely different from Second and Third Mesa variation. It is said that Tatangaya is an import from Zuni. He can be seen during the Pamuya or the Mixed Kachina Dances.