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Kachina Doll

Zuni, New Mexico, USA

Thlelashoktipona Katsina
Wooden-Ears / Initiation Kachina Doll

Carved wood, natural pigments, fibers, fur, pine boughs
Circa 1900-1920
Height: 13 ¾ in. (35 cm)

Ex private collection, Chicago

Price: sold

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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.