Hopi, Arizona, U.S.A.
Salako Mana Katsina
Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Prior to 1900
Height: 6 ¾ (17 cm)
Ex collection Allan Stone, New York
Ex Sotheby’s New York May 2014, lot 116
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.