North America

Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, USA

Carved by Hopi Chief
Wilson Tawaquaptewa, Oraibi (1873-1960)

Wood (cottonwood), natural pigments, feathers
First half of the 20th century
Height: 6 in. (15.5 cm)

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.