Objects
Part of a device for making ritual fire. Koryak
Part of a device for making ritual fire. Koryak
Title
Part of a device for making ritual fire
Ethnic groups
Koryak
Territory
peninsula Kamchatka, Kamchatka Oblast, Koryak Autonomous Region, Olyutorsk, village Achai-Vayam
Date
late 19th century
Material
Wood; tendinous cord
Dimensions
length of figurines 35.0, 18.0
Corpus
Peoples of Siberia and Far East
Number
РЭМ 10072-76/1
Annotation
It consists of a wooden anthropomorphic figure (“gychgyya”), symbolizing the owner of domestic deer, a bow made of deer horn and a deer kneecap. Symbolic lassoes and a figurine made of a tree knot, depicting a deer shepherd, are tied to the gychgyi's neck. It was used by reindeer herders to produce ritual (“clean”) fire during ritual actions.