Evenk shaman's drum (inner side)

Evenk shaman's drum (inner side)

This drum was brought back from the Orochon Evenk reindeer herders living in the Stanovoi Mountains in eastern Siberia by Joseph Martin. This is a single-headed drum, like all Siberian shamansí drums. The frame, 8.5 cm in width, is made of larch, the head, of wild reindeer skin sewn onto the frame. Around the outside of the framework, three cords made of reindeer tendons, or sinews, are stretched over three protuberances. The head of the drum is painted with figures of reindeer (fifteen black and fourteen red) in single file. They follow the path of the sun, featured at the top symmetrically opposite the crescent moon on the bottom. Inside the opening of the drum is a wrought-iron grip in the form of a cross. The four arms of the cross represent the shamanís ìroadsî or ìpathsî in the four cardinal directions. (MH.87.42.3) Internal side view. MusÈe du Quai Branly / MusÈum National d'Histoire Naturelle - dÈpÙt du MusÈe de l'Homme 71.1887.42.3