Bronze Age Incense Box
These designs are inspired by some ancient Sámi drums. They were used during the shamanic ceremonies of the culture of this northern people.
In Sámi shamanism, the noaidi (the Sámi shaman) uses the drum to enter a trance, or to obtain information about the future or other sites.
The drawings on the drum membrane reflect the vision of the world of its owner and his family, both in terms of religious and mundane aspects, such as the management of reindeer herds, hunting, the home, relationships with their neighbors and the non-Sámi community.
The largest collection of drums is preserved in the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, comprising about 80 specimens.
Dimensions 35cm x 5cm x 5cm
As the boxes have been made freehand, there are slight variations between the designs photographed.