Amulet, protector of domestic reindeer

Image by Musée départmental de Solutré
This amulet represents the spirit-host of reindeer, which provided the primary means of existence. It represents a doll dressed in a man's coat with a belt of woolen threads and a lasso for catching reindeer. It is decorated with metal chains. Such charms were thought to promote luck in hunting.

Tobolsk region, Beryozovsky District, camp on the Yugan River, 1909-1910.

Fur and hide of reindeer, thread, metal, bone.

Length 18 cm, width 13 cm.

Coll. No. 1712-246.

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