Kachina Doll

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Kachina Doll

Arizona

Chakwaina Tahamu Katsina – Chakwaina uncle kachina doll
Hopi

Carved wood (cottonwood), pigments and feathers
Circa 1910
Height: 11 in. (14 ½ in. with feathers)
28 cm (37 cm with feathers)

Chakwaina Uncle Kachina doll 28 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 pedagogical tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.

For a description and illustration of Chakwaian Taha Amu Katsina, see « Hopi Katcinas, drawn by native artists », Walter J. Fewkes, pages 62-63 & Plate IV, 21st Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, 1903.

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