Image by the Russian Museum of Ethnography
An object of the shamanic cult, the mirror was hung on straps on the shaman's coat and served as a shield that protected against evil spirits. It was also used for determining the present and the future according to the belief that an entire human life was reflected in its face. Part of the mirror is decorated with zoomorphic designs.

Eastern Siberia, Transbaikalia, Nerchinsky District, early twentieth century.


Diameter, 13 cm.

Coll. No. 6761-17.

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