Representation of a shaman's helper spirit

Image by the Russian Museum of Ethnography
The anthropomorphic image has roughly rendered facial features, and seven schematic figurines are carved at the apex. This spirit was believed to assist in hunting of sable. At the same time, it was believed to be a frightful spirit, capable of causing psychic disorders and headaches in humans. It was used for treatment of these diseases.

Far East, Udsky District, mouth of the Amgun River, late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Wood (larch).

Height 29 cm.

Coll. No. 2566-25.

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