Kachina doll

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Kachina doll

Arizona

Konin / Supai Katsina
Havasupai Kachina doll
Hopi
Third Mesa style

Carved wood (cottonwood) and pigments
Circa 1920s-1930s
Height : 8 in. (20 cm)

Provenance:
Ex collection Albert T. Miller, 49 Steps Gallery, Los Angeles
Ex collection Barry Walsh, Holden, Massachusetts
Ex private collection, Sharon, Massachusetts

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Kachina dolls (or katsinam) represent spirits or gods from the pantheon of the Pueblo Indians in the American Southwest. Given to children, kachinas 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.

This Kachina spirit depicts the Havasupai, neighbors of the Hopi near the Grand Canyon area.

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