Kachina doll - ROM2007_8939_1


Kachina doll

Maker: Hopi
Medium:Wood, paint, feathers
Geography: Southwest, Arizona, USA
Date: c. 1900
27.5 × 15.5 × 11 cm
Object number: 958.67.1
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionMudhead kachina doll carrying a figure which possibly represents the great serpent. Kachina dolls represent spiritual messengers who ensure the well-being of the Hopi people. There are some 250 different types of kachina figures. During ceremonies, men dressed in kachina costumes form processions and distribute painted wooden kachinas to children throughout the village. These dolls, not considered as toys, are a means of preserving Hopi knowledge and beliefs through the generations.
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