Kachina Doll

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Kachina Doll

Arizona

Sio Shalako Katsina – Zuni Shalako kachina doll
Hopi

Cottonwood, pigments and feathers
Circa 1900
Height (with feathers): 15 ¾ in. (40 cm)

Provenances
Ex collection John C. Hill, Arizona
Ex private collection, Scottsdale, Arizona
Ex collection Donald Ellis (#S3976), Canada

Sio Shalako 40 cm / Galerie Flak On hold
On view at La Biennale
Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris
26 Nov. - 5 Dec. 2021

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.

This kachina doll is known in the Hopi pantheon as "Sio Shalako", the Giant Bird Zuni (Sio means "from the Zuni" in Hopi language).
Sio Shalako is a prayer to bring rain over the parched fields.
This spirit appears during the solstice (Pamuya) ceremony in January and invokes the elements for abundant rains.

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