Hopi, Arizona, USA
Ka’e (?) Katsina
Corn (?) kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Height: 9 ¾ in. (25 cm)
Ex collection Bob Gallegos, New Mexico
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.