Kachina Doll

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Kachina Doll

Arizona

Hopi
Angwusnasomtaka Katsina – Crow Mother Kachina doll

Cottonwood with pigments
Circa 1910-1920
Height: 8 ¼ in.(21 cm)

Ex collection Alan Kessler, New Mexico
Ex collection Buffalo Barry, Massachusetts

Crow Mother Kachina Doll 21 cm / Galerie Flak On hold
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.
The female kachina spirit depicted here is called Angwusnasomtaka ("Mother of the Crows") in the Hopi pantheon. She is said to be the Mother of all the Kachinas.
Crow Mother is a Chief Kachina who often leads the processions of the important kachinas, especially during the Powamu or Bean Dance.
Crow Mother is one of the most famous kachina figures, and a personal favorite of mine.
This specific kachina spirit has been a major influence for Western artists throughout the 20th century. A famous theater costume designed by Sophie Taeuber-Arp in 1921-1922 for a Dada theater performance was directly influenced by a Hopi Crow Mother Kachina costume.

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