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ritual cup of a shaman, 

Yi people,

19th century


ritual cup of a shaman (bimo)

Yi people (also known as the Nuosuo people or the Lolo people)

China, Vietnam, Thailand

19th century

coconut half-shell, lacquered and mounted on a raptor-foot base (probably the foot of a mountain hawk-eagle)

height approx. 6 inches; diameter of cup approx. 3.5 inches

view of interior of cup:
photograph of a similar cup being used by a Yi shaman in a 2017 ceremony in Yunnan Province, China:
source: China News Service, 2017
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