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Libation Stick

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Object Number:
17740
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Ainu
Provenience:
Japan
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Wood
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.
Credit Line:
Gift of William Pepper

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