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Kachina doll

Zuni, New Mexico, USA

Carved wood, natural pigments, fabric and feathers
Circa 1900
Height: 16 ¼ in. (41 cm)

Ex private estate, Kansas

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.