Long Prayer Stick
The ikupasuy is a sacred object used for prayer. The worshipper dips the sharper end into rice wine (sake) or millet beer, and then sprinkles drops of the liquor. The ikupasuy is believed to be a medium for sending a message to a spirit or god. Delicately carved in relief on plain wood, ikupasuy show numerous design variations. They were sometimes lacquered by neighboring Japanese.
late 19th-early 20th century
1 x 1 x 13 5/8 in. (2.5 x 2.5 x 34.6 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Herman Stutzer
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Ainu. Long Prayer Stick, 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)
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Long hardwood "mustache lifter"/prayer stick with one straight and one pointed end. Elaborate carving in relief on front.
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