Sio Hemis Katsina – New Corn Kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Height: 12 ¾ in. (32.5 cm)
Ex collection Paul Peralta-Ramos (1931-2003), Taos, USA
Ex private collection, USA
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.