Kachina Doll

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Kachina Doll

Arizona

Hopi
Poss’hum Katsina – Seed Kachina doll (variant)

Carved wood (cottonwood) and pigments
Circa 1890
Height: 7 ¼ in. (18.5 cm)

Ex private collection, USA

Published: Faces, visible - invisible, April 2021
Seed Kachina doll 18.5 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.

The Poos'hum Kachina appears during the spring planting season (Hakitoonmuya). This kachina brought all kinds of seeds blessed by the gods. Sometimes Poos'hum is also called to help the germination of young plants.

As stated by the Brooklyn Museum, Poos’hum Kachinas appear during the spring planting season (Hakitoonmuya). They bring seeds of all kinds that have been blessed by the gods. Sometimes Poos’hum Kachinas are also called upon to help with the sprouting of young seedlings. The markings on this doll’s cheeks represent corn seeds.

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