Amulet Sawoki (talisman) | Nanai Siberia


Store:  Tropenmuseum

This talisman amulet, designed by Nanai artist Anotal Donkan, stands for friendship and luck. You can give this talisman to someone who is leaving on a journey to send him or her along with the words “for you, so you’re not alone now”.

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Artist Anatol Donkan designed this talisman amulet. The artist belongs to the Nanai people from Southeast Siberia and has mastered the old crafting techniques of his people. The traditional Shamanist beliefs of the Nanai feature in the exhibition Healing Power at the Tropenmuseum. The exhibition Healing Power includes Donkan’s spectacular Shaman coat, designed exclusively for the Tropenmuseum.

Donkan also designed this talisman amulet for the museum shop. The amulets are made of vegetable tanned salmon leather and hand sewn by a retiree in St. Petersburg. Besides the talisman amulet, you can also choose a frog amulet, that stands for bravery, femininity and health. Or a snake amulet, that stands for knowledge and community.

Warning: as this is a handmade product, colour and size may slightly differ from the picture.

Healing Power

The exhibition Healing Power presents healing traditions across the world. The curators have brought objects from the Arctic to South America together with work by contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst and Marina Abramović.

Healing Power introduces a range of ritual specialists and healing practices that are important to many people around the world. The range is very wide: from winti and ayahuasca to shamans and witches.

The exhibition will be on at the Tropenmuseum until June 2022.




Salmon leather


9,5x6x2 cm


Anatol Donkan


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