Kachina Doll or
Hopi, Arizona, U.S.A.
Cottonwood with natural pigments
Height: 7 ½ in. (19 cm)
Ex collection Lauris & Jim Phillips,San Marin, California
Kachina dolls (or katsinam) represent spirits or gods from the pantheon of the Pueblo Indians 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.