Kachina Doll

North America | Arizona

Kachina Doll

Arizona

Hopi
Pooshumkchina Katsina – Seed Kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Circa 1910-20
Height: 11 in. (28.5 cm)

Ex collection John C. Hill, Arizona

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.

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