Kachina doll

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Kachina doll

Arizona

Ho’ote Katsina -Messenger of the rain gods Kachina doll
Hopi

Circa 1900-1910
Carved wood (cottonwood) and pigments
Height: 19 cm – 7 ½ in.

Provenance
Ex collection Museum of the American Indian, The Heye Foundation,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, inv. 9/1009
Acquired from Fred Harvey in 1919
Ex collection Delacorte Gallery, New York
Ex collection Arthur Cohen & Elaine Lustig Cohen,
acquired from the above on March 15th, 1958
Ex private collection
Ex Sotheby’s New York, 14 May 2010, lot 43
Ex private collection, France

Ho’ote flat Kachina doll 19 cm / Galerie Flak Price: on request
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 teaching tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.

The Ho'ote kachina is considered especially beneficial by the Hopi. This kachina brings prosperity to the members of the kiva and the entire village. It serves as a messenger of rain and ensures the harmony of the elements, including the stars and the sun.

Ho'ote gets its name from the chants it sings during the ceremonial dances in which it participates, particularly during the Niman ceremony in July.

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