Katsina doll

North America | Arizona

Katsina doll

Arizona

Patung Katsina – Squash katsina doll
Hopi

Carved wood, pigments, dried gourd
Circa 1960s-1970s
Height: 42 cm – 16 ½ in.

Provenance
Ex collection Jockey Billy Pearson (1920-2002), acquired in the 1980s
Thence by descent in the Pearson family

Patung Katsina doll 42 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
Katsina dolls (kachina) represent spirits or gods from the pantheon of the Pueblo peoples in the American Southwest. Given to children, katsina 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.
Plants are of great importance to the Hopi, because of their dependence upon them for food. As such, many katsinam in the Hopi pantheon refer to plants. Corn is the most important source of food, and as such, the most prevalent type of katsinam. Other plants and flowers are also depicted as katsina spirits, such as the squash presented here. The Hopi name of this spirit is Patung.
Patung is a Chief katsina for the Pumpkin Clan. There are relatively few members of this clan left, and consequently their stories are not very well known. Although the Squash Katsina's function as a wuya are unknown, he does appear as a runner on First Mesa.

The squash Katsina inspired many artists of the 20th century, notably Marc Chagall. For Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird, in 1945 at the New York City Ballet, Marc Chagall designed more than eighty costumes (made under the direction of his daughter Ida). Many of these costumes were directly inspired by those of Katsina dancers. Chagall’s drawings of his “Green Monster with black stripes” take exactly after the features of a Patung katsina dancer.

Video

Explore the entire collection
North America
North America | Arizona
North America | Arizona
North America | Arizona
North America | Arizona
North America | Alaska
North America | USA
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Arizona
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Arizona
North America | Arizona
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
Kachina
North America
North America | Arizona
North America | New Mexico
North America | Arizona
North America | USA
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | New Mexico
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Arizona
North America | Arizona
North America | Arizona
North America | New Mexico
North America | Arizona
North America | Arizona
North America | Alaska
North America | Alaska
North America | Arizona
North America | Arizona
North America | Alaska
Discover our collections
CoLLECTIoNS
Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter