Hiilili Kokko (Katsina Figure)

Zuni, Native American

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This Zuni Hiilili figure represents one of the hundreds of katsinam—immortal beings that bring rain, protect, teach, heal, and carry prayers to the spirit world—recognized by Pueblo peoples. The katsinam assume physical form during ceremonies to dance and present these figures to young girls, and the carvings hang in the girls’ homes afterward. In the late nineteenth century, makers began to produce katsina figures, also called kachina dolls, to sell to the outside market.

Hiilili Kokko (Katsina Figure), Cottonwood, pigment, cotton cloth, wool yarn, tanned leather, feathers, horsehair, vegetal fiber, metal, and paper, Zuni, Native American

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