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Sacred Faces of the Great Forest

... including symbolic ones, have been preserved till our times. We suppose that it is true that nine persons out of ten would place a crown on a king’s head, if asked to depict him; would place a papakha on the head of a general; and a sphere-conical helmet on the head of an epic hero. In the same way, for the indigenous inhabitants of the Western Siberian taiga the head dressing, particularly the principles of depicting the upper part of an idol’s head, were the most important symbol visually connected ...

Modified: 30.01.2005
mask , helmet , menkvy , Siberia , hero , idol
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