Kachina doll

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Kachina doll

New Mexico

Shalako Katsina doll
Zuni

Carved wood, pigments, fabric, wool
Circa 1940-1950
Height : 32 cm – 12 ½ in.

Provenance
Ex collection Galerie Flak, Paris
Ex private collection, Paris

Shalako Kachina Zuni 32 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
This carved figure depicts Shalako, one of the most important Kachina (Katsina) spirits in the Zuni pantheon.
The Zuni ceremonial cycle is centered around planting and harvesting. It culminates in early December with the entrance of the Shalakos, or Couriers of the Gods, in tall, feathered costumes topped by headdresses. All day and night Shalakos enter homes dancing and chanting, and receive bountiful amounts of food from each host.
As noted by Barton Wright in “Esprit Kachina”, 2003, six Shalakos can come during the winter ceremony. They are nearly ten feet tall and their arrival is announced by the Little Fire God, Shulawitsi. They dance in houses that are newly constructed or renovated conferring their blessings on the place.
When the Shalakos leave the village, it signals the end of one cycle and the renewal of another.

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