Shaman's headdress

Image by Musée départmental de Solutré
Reminiscent of a crown, the headdress consists of an open metal ring and two intersecting metal bands affixed to the ring. The bands intersect in the center and metal "reindeer antlers" are attached at the apex. The surface of the bands are decorated with carved geometric designs. Only powerful shamans who were servers of the cult for the entire tribe could wear the headdress.

Yenisei region, Yenisei District, late nineteenth century.


Height 24 cm, width 22 cm, length 24 cm.

Coll. No. 5589-39.

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