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Tasap Kachina Doll

Hopi,
Arizona, USA

Tasap Katsina
Navajo Spirit Kachina Doll

Carved cottonwood, natural pigments, fibers
Circa 1930s
Height: 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm)

Ex private collection, France

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.