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Kachina doll

Hopi
Arizona, USA

Hoe Katsina
White Clown Kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments

Circa 1930s
Height: 7 ½ in. (19 cm)

Ex private estate, Arizona

Price: sold

America - Southwest
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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 kachina is a member of the Clown Katsinam and is known as Hoe.
It played the role of a troublemaker during ceremonial dances. This clown came to provoke the Guardian Katsinam, mocking the other dancers to make the audience laugh.
Clowns played an important role in Hopi ceremonies. In addition to the entertaining and comic nature of their appearances, they allowed the Guardians and Warriors to bring back order and to embody justice and wisdom.