Kachina doll

North America | Arizona

Kachina doll

Arizona

Hopi
Large Tasap Katsina – Navajo Spirit Kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood), pigments, feathers
Circa 1900
Height: 15 ¾ in. (40 cm)
18 ¼ in. (46.5 cm) with feathers

Ex private collection, USA
Ex collection Jean-Paul Morin, France

Large Tasap Kachina doll / 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 pedagogical tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.

In the Hopi pantheon, Tasap Katsina is meant to capture any latent power or good luck that the Navajo people have. If the Hopi succeed in coaxing this Navajo-kachina spirit, this will reflect on the entire village and strengthen the character of its inhabitants.

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