The baby was placed in the interior
birch-bark liner within the cradle and covered by reindeer hide sewn to the edges of
the liner. Shavings of dry wood were used to absorb moisture. During migrations
the cradle carrying the baby was hung on a separate reindeer; in dwellings it was
hung on poles. The outer cover of the cradle is made from reindeer-leg fur and is
decorated with red wool cloth, metal buttons, colored seed-bead embroidery, bells,
and pendants made from strings of colored beads and metal. The cradle belonged
to the family of Nikifor Yakovlevich Archank, the prince of the first Kurkugir tribe.
Wood, suede of moose, reindeer-leg fur, cloth, metal, bead strings, birch bark, reindeer hide, wood shavings.
Length of the cradle 68 cm, width 2127 cm, height 1620 cm.
Basket: 59 cm, width 22 cm.
Coll. No. 1210-81 (cradle), 1210-82 (interior cover and shavings).