Part of a device for making ritual fire
peninsula Kamchatka, Kamchatka Oblast, Koryak Autonomous Region, Olyutorski district, village Achai-Vayam
late 19th century
Wood; threads: tendinous cord
length of figurines 35.0, 18.0
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. Abstract by V.V. Gorbacheva
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