Kachina Doll

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Kachina Doll

Arizona

Tuskiapaya Katsina – Crazy Rattle Kachina doll
Hopi

Carved wood (cottonwood) and pigments
Circa 1910
Height: 10 ½ in. (26.5 cm)

Ex private collection, New York acquired early 1980s

Crazy Rattle Kachina 26.5 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
Kachina dolls (or katsinam) represent spirits or gods from the pantheon of the Pueblo Indians in the American Southwest. Given to children, kachinas 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.

Tuskiapaya Katsina performs in Mixed Dances. He carries a bow and arrows during his dance. He dances to the sound of a rattle, hence his name (Crazy Rattle).
This spirit is associated with a historical / mythological episode of famine in Hopiland: his dance is a prayer for abundant food and the renewal of the seasons.

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