Kachina Doll

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Kachina Doll

Arizona

White Warrior Katsina
Kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood), pigments, feathers
Circa 1920s
Height: 8 in. without the feathers (20.5 cm)
Ex collection John Molloy, New York

White warrior Kachina Doll 20.5 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.

The black patterns on the cheeks are war marks, hence the identification as a Warrior Kachina spirit. This doll may be a variant of Ciwikoli Katsina with a white mask.

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