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Collection of a Siberian Shaman’s Items

Shamanism is one of the oldest kinds of religion and healing in the world. It was widespread among the North Siberian Nenets people well into the 20th century. The items in this collection belonged to a Nenets shaman, M. Hunind. They were added to the Museum’s collection after an expedition to Siberia in 1982.

These are items used in religious rituals to call upon spirits: wood idols, amulets, special shamanic clothing, ancient cult objects, as well as household items reflecting the harsh everyday realities of Nenets life — enduring polar nights and scarce resources.

Image of a shaman's drum. Their skin cover is light brown in color with a crack in the middle.

Nenets shaman's drum. Made by M. Huninda. Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region. The end of the 19th century - the 20th century. beginning. Wood, reindeer hide and sinew, metal. Diameter 50 cm. PSMHM collection: MVMp 7773/22 LZ 4110

A picture of a doll, it is small in size and has one hand raised. It has an orange felt cloth with a brown bottom. Where the face would be, there is simply a wooden shape with a handkerchief tied around it.

Nenets sacred object Nitarma. Made by M. Huninda. Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region. 20th century 30-40 years. Voilok, wood, copper, fabric. 10.7 x 14.5 cm. PSMHM collection: MVMp 7773/72 LZ 4160

Wooden figure wearing red scarf.

Hantu sacred object Itarma. The manufacturer is unknown. Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District. The year of manufacture is unknown. Wood, cotton. Height 21 cm. PSMHM collection: MVM 7129/16 LA 8252/16

A fur coat with a fur collar.

Clothing of the Hantu sacred object Itarma. The manufacturer is unknown. Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District. The year of manufacture is unknown. 21 cm. Reindeer skin, wool felt, metal. PSMVM collection: MVM 7129/3 LA 8252/3

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