Kachina Doll

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Kachina Doll

Arizona

Chöf Katsina – Antelope Kachina doll
Hopi

Circa 1930s-40s
Carved wood (cottonwood), pigments and fur
Height: 32 cm – 12 ½ in.

 

Ex collection Judson C. Ball, Scottsdale, Arizona

Chöf Kachina doll 32 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 spirit is called Chöp of Chof by the Hopi.
Chop Kachina danced to increase the numbers of game animals and bring rain, this Kachina is also said to enable the grass to grow and help cure spasms.
Chop dancers appeared in Mixed Dances (usully along with the Wolf Kachina/Kweo).

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