Kachina Doll

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Kachina Doll

Arizona

Alosaka Katsina – Germination God Kachina
Hopi

Circa 1920
Carved wood (cottonwood) and pigments
Height: 13 ½ in. – 34.5 cm

Provenance
Ex collection Steve Nelson, California

Large and rare Alosaka Kachina doll 34.5 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.
This kachina doll is a superb and rare depiction of a Kachina God.
In the Hopi pantheon, Alosaka and Muyingwa are two brothers, deities of the Two-Horned gods / priests society. They live in the Underworld. They ensure the germination of seeds and the growth of plants.
Members of the Two-Horned society are associated with rain (hence the rainclouds symbols on the cheeks of this doll).
Alosaka and Muyingwa kachina dancers appear during the Powamu ceremonial cycle (Bean Dance).

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