University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 17740
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Ainu
Provenience: Japan
Section:Asian
Materials:Wood
Credit Line:Gift of William Pepper, 1896

Description

Iku-pasuy (イクパスイ). Libation stick. Scholars initially called these mustache lifters thinking they were used to keep the man’s hair out of the way while drinking sake, but their actual function is to help send prayers to the gods during religious ceremonies.


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