Mirror - deity, patron of a shaman
Northern Mongolia, river Upper Yenisei, Chinese Empire
late 19th century
Cloth (cotton); cloth; metal: copper
It is an ancient round Chinese cast copper mirror with an eye in the center, to which colored shreds and ribbons (offerings to the spirit) are suspended. The other side of the mirror is deepened and looks like two concentric circles with images of animals of the 12-year lunar cycle. Tuvan shamans carried out healing, cleansing and protective rites with similar objects.
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