Icon Mikola - shaman's amulet
East Siberia, river Katonga River (Stony Tunguska), Yenisei province, Turukhansk Krai
late 19th - early 20th centuries
Metal: brass: yellow copper
length 21.5; width 20.9; weight 0.311 kg
The plate depicts the image of St. Nicholas, which the Evenks associated with the character of the local pantheon - the deity of the forest Eksheri. It was especially revered by Evenks - taiga hunters. The icon was used by a shaman during a ritual to get good luck in fishing activities.
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