Shaman's hat

Image by the Russian Museum of Ethnography
Semicircular in shape with bands of white and dark reindeer-leg fur, it is decorated with ornamental insets embroidered with colored seed beads and hairs from the beards of reindeer. There is a long, dense, suede fringe along the lower edge. Sewn to the apex are iron representations of antlers of reindeer (protector spirits of the shaman) and pendants of dyed ringed-seal-cub fur.

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

Reindeer hide, suede, seed beads, iron, hair from the beards of reindeer, ringed-seal fur.

Length 64 cm, width 32 cm.

Coll. No. 2245-317.

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