NKM KP OF-2691
Tasma (ni) men's belt
Place: Haruta settlement
Date: the end of the 20th century
Material: leather, bone, wood, metal
Technics: casting, handmade
Dimensions: 103.0x40.5 cm
The belt base is made of rawhide decorated with cloth and metal ornaments that serve as protective amulets. There should be nothing superfluous on the belt, only everything you need in everyday life and work. On the one hand, there is a sheathed knife and on the other - a grindstone for sharpening a knife in an elegant leather case. There is a belief that this case personifies a male spleen and must always be full, otherwise, the owner may get sick. Sometimes men sew a bone sewing awl to their belt to untie knots on a sleigh especially in wet or frosty weather.
The fangs of the hunted animals hang in the middle of the belt. Many Nenets believe that the bear's fang protects against back pain.