Kachina doll

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Kachina doll

Arizona

Kae Katsina – Corn Kachina doll
Hopi

Circa 1920s-30s
Carved wood (cottonwood), pigments and feathers
Height: 18 cm – 7 in.

Ex private collection Tucson, Arizona

Kae Kachina doll 18 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 is a spare variant of the Corn Dancer Katsina. Ka’e is one of the Flower Kachinas (Tusak Katsinam). The Ka’e dancer is celebrated and well-loved for his songs and dances. This Kachina spirit invokes the elements to make corn harvests fruitful.

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