Vessels for kumis (mare milk). Kalmiks. Astrakhan Province. Late 19th century.

Vessels for kumis (mare milk). Kalmiks. Astrakhan Province. Late 19th century.

Leather vessels were typical for nomads. This is an ancient type of vessels, the same kinds were found in Scythians tombs. Such vessels were used for serving kumis or arak (alcoholic drink made of milk) and were richly decorated with stamping on leather and with silver ornamented plates.