East Siberia, Yenisei province, Minusinsk district
late 19th - early 20th centuries
Cloth: cloth; stone: shell; animal derived materials: feather; cloth: cotton
height total 53.0, d 29.0; length of ribbons 133.0
The bird is the patron spirit of the shaman. Long multi-colored stripes sewn to the crown of the cone-shaped hat symbolize its plumage, the presence of eagle owl wings in the upper part of the bottom of the crown emphasizes that the eagle owl was the main patron spirit of the Karakyz shaman in her ritual practice. Cowrie shells on the top of the hat are a symbol of fertility and strength of the shaman.
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