Breast plate - part of shaman's costume
East Siberia, Yenisei province, Yenisei district
Leather: natural leather: suede: skin suede (reindeer); fur: natural: leg skin (reindeer); fibers: animal: wool: reindeer hair under neck; fur: natural; fur: natural (domestic dog – Canis lupus familiaris); metal: iron; glass (glass beads); cloth; paint
length 85.0; width max 27.0; width min 13.0
Drawings in black ink, with trimming of white hair from under deer neck, symbolize three worlds of the Universe. Chains of lozenges on the plastron and on the coat “protected” the shaman’s voice and breath. A metal figurine of diver bird is the shaman’s strong helper ghost. The plastron is the first component of sacred clothing received by the shaman at the initiation. Abstract by V.V. Gorbacheva
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