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Long Prayer Stick

Asian Art

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.

MEDIUM Hardwood
DATES late 19th–early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 1 x 1 x 13 5/8 in. (2.5 x 2.5 x 34.6 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Herman Stutzer
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Long hardwood "mustache lifter"/prayer stick with one straight and one pointed end. Elaborate carving in relief on front.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION 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)
IMAGE 12.299_12.315_12.298_12.282_12.326_12.317_12.230_12.325_PS4.jpg.
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