river Kusun, Ussuri Krai
late 19th - early 20th century
Wood; threads: plant fiber (rope)
lengths 12.5; 16.0, 18.8
Hunter’s calendar: 30 plaques, the length of two outermost ones denoting the beginning and end of a month. All plaques are sharpened on one side, and have drilled holes on the other side, through which a string is passed. The Udege knew the lunar calendar well; it had 12 months, 30 days in each. The longest batten in the middle is for the middle of the month.
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