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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is an important object representing the rituals of the Udege people.

History of the Object
This ritual vessel is called sufulyachi mafa-gilyamani. This is a cylinder-shaped vessel made of a rectangular piece of birch bark that was purified and boiled down in water. The neck and the bottom are decorated with a spiral pattern and symbolic images of birds painted in black and red paint over a carved outline. Fifteen bear penises are attached to the upper part of the vessel. It is designed for keeping ritual spoons used to serve boiled bear meat during a bear feast. In the mythical beliefs of the Udege people, as well as of many other peoples of the Amur region, the bear was viewed as the ancestor of people, their relative and totem, as well as the master of forests, mountains and animals and the patron of hunt. Bear hunting and the feast that followed it was accompanied by numerous rituals that played an important role in the sacral life of the peoples of the Amur region. This feast is usually referred to in literature as the “bear festival”. When a bear carcass was cut, the hunter who killed the animal received its penis and handed it over to his wife or another close female relative. This organ symbolized the relation between the man and the bear and was considered a powerful charm that could help heal infertility or alleviate childbirth.

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Type
Other 
Materials
birchbark, cotton, sueded leather, glass, bone of brown bear, natural colorant 
Measurements
Height 22.2 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Amur region, East Siberia 
Geography
Russia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century 
Function
Ritual atttribute 
Acquisition
The vessel was given to the Museum in 1913 by Vladimir Arseniev, a famous explorer of Amur, who at the time, occupied the position of the Special Missions Official at the office of the Governor-General of Outer Manchuria (Priamurie). He bought this vessel from the Udege people who inhabited the Strait of Tartary and the banks of the Samarga River. 
Copyright
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) RAS 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Russain Federation 
Museum
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) Russian Academy of Sciences 
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