Objects
Anthropomorphic image (to heal breast pains). Nanais
Anthropomorphic image (to heal breast pains). Nanais
Title
Anthropomorphic image (to heal breast pains)
Ethnic groups
Nanais
Territory
Ussuri Krai, river Anyui
Date
late 19th - early 20th century
Collectors-person
Material
Wood; cloth: cotton; threads: plant fiber: cotton
Dimensions
height 10.7; width 2.9
Number
РЭМ 1871-3
Annotation
Sevun Botsu (or Buchu), a curing cult object. An anthropomorphic figurine with a pointed head, without arms, the body is wrapped in a cloth rag. It serves as a personal helper ghost. In shamanism it is the shaman’s main patron ghost, his guide across the worlds. It could once in a while be used as a curing idol. This image was made on the shaman’s advice for a man with a sore chest, and the sick man always carried it with him.