Icon-mask of "St. Nicholas"

Image by the Russian Museum of Ethnography
A false mask depicting an anthropomorphic figure with eyes, a straight nose, and a stretched mouth, surrounded by a double line of small knobs. It belonged to a great shaman, Grigory Grigoryevich Dokholakta, who used it in rituals. He addressed his 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 a shaman's coat.

Turukhansk District, Ilimpian band, Uchale River, 1913.

Metal (copper).

Length 20.5 cm.

Coll. No. 4871-238.

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