Kachinas Archives

Kachina figure

Zuni, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Unidentified Katsina spirit
Pueblo, probably Zuni

Carved wood, natural pigments, hide, fabrics, metal
Circa 1900
Height : 11 ½ in. (29 cm)

Ex collection Allan Stone, New York
Ex Sotheby’s New York, May 2014 lot 116
Ex collection James F. Scott, Charlottesville, Georgia, USA

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 pedagogical tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.
This rare carved figure with articulated arms is the depiction of an unidentified Pueblo kachina figure. The general construction of the figure, décor and clothing most presumably point to a Zuni origin.
The figure presented here is particularly impressive in terms of its power, its dynamism and its color composition, reminiscent of certain works by Paul Klee. This tutelary figure with a magnetic presence is redolent with mystery and power.

This kachina figure was formerly part of Allan Stone’s collection.
A. Stone was legendary contemporary art dealer in New York. He acquired his first "tribal" art sculpture in 1955, and over the course of the next 50 years, he assembled one of the world's largest private collections of ancient arts from Africa, Oceania and North America, including a selection of important kachina dolls.