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These Ulcha or Nanay spirit sticks were cut from willow canes, with patterns formed by the remaining bark. Their stake-like form suggests that the figures were stuck into the ground, to stand upright.

Culture: Eastern Siberian
Region: Siberia
Village: Habarovsk
Object Category: Ceremony
Dimensions: Length 19.2cm
Accession Date: 1919
Source: W. K. Arseneff (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E309972