Lakota Indians, North America
First half of the 20th century
Buffalo horn, porcupine skin and spiciness and metal
H .: 29cm; L .: 9.5cm
Hollowed out horn adorned with a strip of skin covered with pigmented spicy pork quills. This decoration follows a geometric organization of blue rectangles on a yellow background alternated by red bands. Conical metal pendants punctuate the upper edge.
It was used on the occasion of the Inipi , a sacred ceremony performed in a sweat lodge, the ini tipi . It served as a container for water poured over sacred stones heated for several hours.
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Lakota Indians Ritual Horn, North America