Zuni, New Mexico, USA
Wooden-Ears / Initiation Kachina Doll
Carved wood, natural pigments, fibers, fur, pine boughs
Height: 13 ¾ in. (35 cm)
Ex private collection, Chicago
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.