Kachina Doll

North America | New Mexico

Kachina Doll

New Mexico

Kianakwe Kohan’ona Katsina
Zuni

Carved wood, piments, turquoise, fiber, wool, fabric
Circa 1900-1910
Height: 9 ¾ in. – 24.5 cm

Ex collection Jay C. Leff, Uniontown, USA
Ex collection Fenn Galleries, Santa Fe, USA
Ex private collection, Texas, USA

Kianakwe Kohan'ona Zuni Kachina Doll 24.5 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 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 archaic kachina figure depicts Kianakwe Kohan'ona (White Kianakwe of the East) or Kianakwe Mosona / Kiamosona (Kianakwe Chief). The Kianakwe are mythical neighbors and enemies that the Zuni eventually incorporated into their own Kachina pantheon.
For a discussion of Kianakwe, see "Kachinas of the Zuni", Barton Wright,, 1985, Northland Press, Flagstaff, AZ, p. 74-77 and plate 20)

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