Objects
Mansi
Mansi
Ethnic groups
Territory
Tobolsk Guberniya, Berezovsky Uyezd
Date
late 19th - early 20th centuries
Collectors-person
Material
Cloth: cloth; cloth: cotton; fur (red fox); metal: bronze; glass: colored glass; cotton; metal
Dimensions
length 82.0; width 75.0
Corpus
Peoples of Siberia and Far East
Number
РЭМ 1710-427
Annotation
The coverlet depicts a horseman, symbolizing the younger son of the supreme deity Mir-susne-khum (literally, "a man who examines the world"). According to traditional myths and legends, Mir-susne-khum gave a shamanic gift. Such bedspreads were made in connection with important events in the life of the family: after marriage, in the middle of life, in old age. When referring to the supreme deity, the Mansi performed a ritual of sacrifice: the animal (deer) intended for sacrifice was covered with such a veil.