Bowl in the shape of a merganser duck. Kodiak Eskimos.

Bowl in the shape of a merganser duck
Collection MAE RAS: № 571-33b
Image ID: 4071169
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Title:
Bowl in the shape of a merganser duck
Ethnicity:
Kodiak Eskimos
Place:
USA , Alaska state, Kodiak
Location:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island
Materials:
wood, paint, glass beads
Collector:
Voznesenskii Ilya Gavrilovich, zoologist, entomologist, traveller
Expedition:
I.G. Voznesenskii's expedition (1840-1849)
Commentation:
It was believed that waterfowl were blessed with magical powers. They could dive in the water, walk on land, and fly in the air and therefore, like the spirits were capable of visiting the underwater, earthly and heavenly worlds.