Figurine of the spirit "Loz": the host of nature, protector of fishing, hunting, and home

Image by the Russian Museum of Ethnography
The anthropomorphic figurine depicts the spirit with legs, one arm resting on its side. Its eyes are made of small beads inserted into holes, and it has a straight nose, an oval mouth, and eye brows in the shape of rays. It is covered with a complete, furless pelt of a sable, and pieces of wood have been inserted into the holes in the pelt to create arms. The figurine is embroidered with a string of seed beads and a button. It was stored in a secluded place, at home or in the forest, such as in a birch bark basket hung on a cedar or fir tree or in a special barn.

Western Siberia, Tobolsk region, early twentieth century.

Wood, leather, seed beads, metal.

Height 19 cm, width 8 cm.

Coll. No. 8762-17489.

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