Kachina doll

North America | Arizona

Kachina doll

Arizona

Avachoya Katsina – Speckled corn Kachina doll
Hopi

Carved wood (cottonwood) and pigments
Circa 1930s
Height : 6 ½ in. (17 cm)

Ex private collection Oklahoma, USA

Sold
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.

In the Hopi pantheon, Avachhoya is the younger brother of Hemis (New Corn Spirit) and his dance is a prayer for rains coming from all directions to ensure the germination of plants.

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