Hopi, Arizona, USA
Sio Avachhoya Katsina
Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments and feather
Height: 7 ½ in. (19 cm)
Ex collection Charles Ratton, Paris
Ex collection Madeleine Meunier, Paris before 1964
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.