Icon of Basil the Martyr, a pendant to a shaman’s costume.
East Siberia, Turukhansk Krai, Yenisei province
кон. XIX в. – нач. XX в.
It is a mascoid of polygonal convex metal plate with a through hole in the upper part (for suspending on the shaman’s clothes). The face oval, eyes, nose, and mouth are outlined by coining. Under the influence of syncretism, the mascoid was considered as a kind of icon probably depicting “Saint Basil the Martyr of Mangazeya,” venerated in Turukhan Land since the 19th century as the patron of hunting and fur farming. According to the collector, the icon of Basil the Martyr depicted an ancestor of the shaman. Abstract by V.V. Gorbacheva
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