Icon-mask of the "Supreme Deity"

Image by the Russian Museum of Ethnography
The false mask depicts an anthropomorphic figure with eyes, mouth, nose, and a partial trunk with arms. It belonged to the great shaman, Grigory Grigoryevich Dokholokta, and was used by him in rituals. He addressed his shamanic requests to what he believed was the Supreme Deity, reflecting syncretism of shamanism and Christianity. The object was hung by a strap in a chum or on shaman's coat.

Turukhansk area, Ilimpian band, Uchale River, 1913.

Metal (copper).

Length 29.5 cm.

Coll. No. 4871-237.

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