Cossack Mamai is a character of traditional Ukrainian folklore and puppet-show called "vertep", a cultural image of fortitude and freedom. Traditionally, in the paintings, he was depicted in combination with a kobza - a national musical instrument, a horse, a spear, and sometimes a bottle of "horylka" with a glass. Spear and "horylka" glass used to be left on cossack's graves. A spear may represent strength, and glass means short and bright cossack life.
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