Pueblo, New Mexico, USA
An exceptionally spare and large kachina figure
Carved cottonwood, natural pigments
Early 20th century
Height: 13 ¼ in. (33.5 cm)
Ex private collection, Paris
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.