Figure of a sea lion. Kodiak Eskimos. USA , Alaska state, Kodiak. North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island. Prior to 1792.

Figure of a sea lion
Collection MAE RAS: № 562-3
Image ID: 4070474
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Museum inventory number:
№ 562-3
Title:
Figure of a sea lion
Ethnicity:
Kodiak Eskimos
Place:
USA , Alaska state, Kodiak
Geography:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island
Date:
prior to 1792
Collector:
Billings Joseph, English mariner in Russian service, leader of the Northeastern Geographical Expedition (1785-1794) for exploration of the North Pacific
Materials:
wood, paint, sea lion whisker
Dimensions:
length 20.8 cm, width 2.9 cm
Commentation:
According to the collector this figure symbolizes the spirit-protector of sea animals. The figure represents the female spirit Imam Sua, the mistress of sea creatures. They believed that she lives at the bottom of the sea and appears before people in the form of a woman or a sealion.
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