Pendant for a shaman's coat

Image by the Russian Museum of Ethnography
The anthropomorphic figurine is rendered with its legs spread, arms outstretched, and its hands holding "arrows," symbols of strength and protection against evil spirits. The notches on the body indicate the bones of the skeleton. The eyes are almond-shaped; the mouth has the shape of an elongated oval. A strap for hanging is inserted into a hole in the head. The pendant symbolized a guard who stayed at the shamanic river and did not permit souls of the dead to leave the world of the dead to return the earth (the middle world).

Yenisei region, Turukhansk area, vicinity of Lake Tanpan, late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Height 19.5 cm.

Coll. No. 730-52.

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