Ainu. <em>Long Prayer Stick</em>, late 19th-early 20th century. Hardwood, 1 x 1 x 13 5/8 in. (2.5 x 2.5 x 34.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Herman Stutzer, 12.230. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 12.299_12.315_12.298_12.282_12.326_12.317_12.230_12.325_PS4.jpg)

Long Prayer Stick


Medium: Hardwood

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th-early 20th century

Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 13 5/8 in. (2.5 x 2.5 x 34.6 cm)



Accession Number: 12.230

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Catalogue Description:
Long hardwood "mustache lifter"/prayer stick with one straight and one pointed end. Elaborate carving in relief on front. Condition: good. From accession card: "Iku-Pashu (Ritual Drinking Spatula)." One straight and on pointed end and elaborate carving in relief on front. The pointed end of the spatula was dipped into a cup of wine and moved up and down in front of the face, ritually offering wine to the "kamui (spirits)." They were carved from hardwoods, usually left unpainted and sent to Japanese workshops for lacquering. There are seven kinds of "iku-pashui," including certain types used for religious ceremonies and others used only by women and children. Condition: good.

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