Objects
Anthropomorphic image. Nanais
Anthropomorphic image. Nanais
Title
Anthropomorphic image
Ethnic groups
Nanais
Territory
Ussuri Krai, river Anyui
Date
late 19th - early 20th century
Collectors-person
Material
Dimensions
height 10.0; width 3.0
Number
РЭМ 1871-2
Annotation
Sevun Dzulen, a shamanic cult object. It is an anthropomorphic figurine, a cylindrical woodblock with a round head. Usually, Dzulen is an ancestor of the family or gens, serving as household patron. The shaman made this figurine for himself. The shaman used Dzulen at grand funeral receptions when traveling to the world of the dead; he carried the soul of the deceased there. Dzulen served as a guide to the next world and back.