Kachina Doll

North America | Arizona

Kachina Doll

Arizona

Sio Hemis Katsina – New Corn Kachina doll
Hopi

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Circa 1890
Height: 12 ¾ in. (32.5 cm)

Ex collection Paul Peralta-Ramos (1931-2003), Taos, USA
Ex private collection, USA

Sold
On view at La Biennale
Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris
26 Nov. - 5 Dec. 2021

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 Hemis kachina represents ripening corn. It is a prayer for moisture and when it comes, it brings in the first corn of the season. It is one of the most beautiful of the kachinas and is decorated with many symbols of the desire for rain.

Video

Explore the entire collection
North America
North America | Alaska
North America | U.S.A.
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Arizona
North America | Alaska
North America | Arizona
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Arizona
North America | Canada
North America | Alaska
North America | Arizona
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Arizona
North America | U.S.A.
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Gulf of Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Plains
North America | Alaska
Kachina
North America
North America | Arizona
North America | Alaska
North America | Arizona
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Arizona
North America | Arizona
North America | Arizona
North America | Canada
North America | Alaska
North America | Arizona
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Greenland
North America | Greenland
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Arizona
North America | Arizona
North America | Alaska
North America | Arizona
North America | Arizona
North America | Arizona
North America | Arizona
North America | Canada
North America | Canada
Discover our collections
CoLLECTIoNS
Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter