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Kachina Doll

Hopi, Arizona, U.S.A.

A-ha Mana Katsina
Maiden Kachina

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments, fibers
Circa 1910-20
Height: 7 in. (18 cm)

Ex collection of the Southern Oregon Historical Society
Ex collection Thomas Cleary, Santa Fe
Ex private collection, New Mexico

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.