Zuni, New Mexico, USA
Carved wood, natural pigments, fabric and feathers
Height: 16 ¼ in. (41 cm)
Ex private estate, Kansas
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.