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Kachina Doll

Hopi, Arizona, U.S.A.

Archaic Tiwenu Katsina

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Circa 1890

Height : 11 ¼ in. (28.5 cm)

Ex collection Don Louis Perceval (1908-1979)

Prix : sold

America - Southwest
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Kachina dolls (or katsinam) represent spirits or gods from the pantheon of the Pueblo Indians 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.