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Kachina doll

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Hopi
Sio Avachoya Katsina – Speckeld Corn Kachina doll

Cottonwood, pigments and fibers
Circa 1890s
Height: 12 ¼ in. (31 cm)

Ex Sotheby’s New York, 21 May 1991, lot 220
Ex collection Don Redlich, 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.

This doll is a really early depiction of Sio Avachoya (the brother of Hemis), the speckled corn Katsina imported from the Zuni.

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