Permian bear, bronze cast from the Ural mountains, 6th-8th century AD. From the Hermitage Museum.
The Komi and the Udmurt peoples speak Uralic languages, distantly related to Finnish and Estonian. They were settled in an area known as Great Perm before the expansion of the Russian empire, and their folklore is rich with bear motives. Permian bronze casts were buried along with the deceased.