Box to keep chopsticks
river Samarga, Ussuri Krai, village Muhtuhu on Samarga river
late 19th - early 20th century
Wood (birch bark); bone (brown bear); glass: colored glass; cloth: cotton; threads: plant fiber: cotton (rope); leather; metal; wood; wood
height 22.5; diameter 8.5; diameter of mouth 9.6
Tall, cylindrical birch bark box. The entire wall surface is ornamented with a curvilinear pattern depicting a bear’s face and the figures of two ancestor snakes. It is decorated on top with strings of beads tied to it and with bear’s penises as symbols of fertility. Such boxes were given to a woman from her mother as dowry, with wishes to have many healthy children. The box was used for keeping chopsticks.
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