Ongon Borto (mask) - family's ongon (patron spirit)
East Siberia, Irkutsk province, Balagansky district
late 19th century
Wood; fur: natural: hide; metal
length 33.0; width max 25.5
It portrayed the elder Borto: according to one legend, he was a warrior of the Khangin clan, who migrated from Manchuria in the 17th century; according to another legend - a great shaman. Ongon Borto was kept in a yurt and revered as the spirit of the ancestor - the patron of the Buryats.
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