North America

Kachina Doll

Hopi
Arizona, USA

Tawa Koyung Katsina
Peacock Kachina doll (variant)

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments and feathers
Circa 1900-1910
Height: 10 ½ in (27 cm)

Presumably The Heye Foundation, Museum of the American Indian, New York
Inv# 19/4088
Ex collection John Molloy, New York
Ex collection Galerie Flak, Paris
Ex private collection, France

Price: sold

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.

Tawa Koyung (Peacock) is an exceedingly rare kachina. Peacock Kachina dancers can be seen during the Soyohim Mixed Dance. This kachina sprit is thought to be borrowed from Rio Grande region. There is some similarity to Muzribi kachina (Bean Kachina).