Hopi, Arizona, USA
Kawaika / Navan Katsina
Rain Cloud / Shirt Kachina Doll with split tabletta
Carved cottonwood, natural pigments
Height: 13 ½ in. (34 cm)
Ex collection George Shaw, Aspen
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.