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Hopi, Arizona, USA

Sio Salako Mana Katsina
Shalako Maiden Kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments, feathers
Circa 1890
Height: 8 ½ in. (21.5 cm)

Online Publication: Parcours des Mondes 2016

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.
The doll presented here is an archaic representation of Sio Shalako. The figure radiates an intensely poetic air, one that the Surrealists – fervent admirers and enthusiastic lovers of kachina dolls – would have undoubtedly celebrated in their time.