Drum with baton

Image by the Russian Museum of Ethnography
Used for teaching a child shamanic skills, the drum was thought to contain the soul of the mother. The animal, in the image of a female moose, symbolized the spirit-ancestor of the shaman and his or her vital forces.

Far East, Primorsky region, Anadyr area, early twentieth century.

Wood, reindeer or moose suede.

Diameter 27 cm.

Coll. No. 2245-158.

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