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Ainu tribal ritual mat Nikapunpe Inawso

Ainu tribal ritual mat Nikapunpe Inawso

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Devotional Objects: Pre 1970: Item # 1320844

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Ainu ritual mat woven of cattail called 'Nikapunpe', designed with woven elm bark dyed by each of walnut bark for black part and alder bark for red part, specifically called 'Inawso' as a mat used for the gift from Gods, which is for the Ainu 'Iomante' ceremony (Brown bear (kamui or God) is sacrificed and its spirit released. Please refer the last picture for how it was used by an Ainu priest.). Quite a rare and important ritual piece made by the Ainu people in Hidaka region during 1955-65 of the last days. In very fine condition, with slight scratches and stains. approx. 151 x 83 cm (59.44 x 32.67in)

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