Kachina Doll

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Kachina Doll

Arizona

Hopi
Large Ka’e Katsina doll – Corn Dancer Kachina

Carved wood (cottonwood root) and pigments
Circa 1920s
Height: 11 ½ in. (29 cm)

Ex collection Albert T. Miller, 49 Steps Gallery, Los Angeles inv. #73
Ex collection Judson Ball, Tucson, Arizona
Ex collection Martha Struever (1931-2017), Santa Fe, USA
Ex private collection, USA

Kae Corn Dancer Katsina ex collection Miller / 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.

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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