Miniature Kachina is approximately 4-1/2" tall including a 1-3/4" base and is 2-3/4" wide at widest points.
A form of religious folk art attributed mostly to the Hopi. The dolls are wooden images, which represent the men who dance in costume, mask and paint as kachina spirits in Hopi villages from 21st December (winter solstice) through the third week in July. Kachinas represent the supernatural, the spirit or essence of animate and inanimate objects in nature who benefit the Hopi by bringing rain for a successful planting, fertility for animals and man, cures for illnesses, justice for lawbreakers, and humor for appropriate circumstances. Authentic dolls are carved from the root of the cottonwood tree only after it has broken away.
The Badger Kachina doll is believed to have the power to heal the sick and wounded, and is considered the Chief Kachina during certain ceremonies.
This Miniature Kachina doll was hand crafted by Navajo artist Maxine Chee. Miniature Kachina dolls will vary slightly.