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Sacred Faces of the Great Forest

... 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 with the image of a specific sacred personage and his rank. The whole variety of sacral images created in the depth of the taiga could be reduced to the four basic typological groups: those ...

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