Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Walrus Ivory Shamans Drum Handle and Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Caribou Antler Shamans Drum Handle
Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Walrus Ivory Shamans Drum Handle and Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Caribou Antler Shamans Drum Handle
Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Walrus Ivory Shamans Drum Handle and Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Caribou Antler Shamans Drum Handle
Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Walrus Ivory Shamans Drum Handle and Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Caribou Antler Shamans Drum Handle
Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Walrus Ivory Shamans Drum Handle and Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Caribou Antler Shamans Drum Handle
Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Walrus Ivory Shamans Drum Handle and Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Caribou Antler Shamans Drum Handle
Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Walrus Ivory Shamans Drum Handle and Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Caribou Antler Shamans Drum Handle
Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Walrus Ivory Shamans Drum Handle and Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Caribou Antler Shamans Drum Handle
Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Walrus Ivory Shamans Drum Handle and Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Caribou Antler Shamans Drum Handle

Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Walrus Ivory Shamans Drum Handle and Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Caribou Antler Shamans Drum Handle

1700 to 1800 Bering Sea

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A Rare Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Walrus Ivory Shamans Drum Handle Carved with an Anthropomorphic Face the Eyes Inlaid with Pyrites
Old smooth creamy patina
18th Century

Size: 10cm long - 4 ins long and 11.5cm long - 4½ ins long

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A Rare Bering Sea Thule Eskimo Caribou Antler Shamans Drum Handle Carved with an Anthropomorphic Face with Smiling Mouth
Old smooth dark patina
18th Century

Size: 10cm long - 4 ins long and 11.5cm long - 4½ ins long
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Provenance:
Excavated Shishmares Area, Alaska
Ex American New York collection

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Provenance: Excavated Inupiak Area, Alaska
Ex American New York collection
Shamans Drum Handles were much shorter than those of ordinary dance drums and were used during ceremonies to cure the sick. Carefully carved with grooves for the fingers, the end has a human face with a wide mouth to imitate singing. Drums are held in the left hand and beaten with thin wood rods held in the right. The resonant repetitious beat is played in measured time in rapid succession, followed by a pause and then two strokes again. The rod strikes the rim at the same time it hits with the membrane, producing a sharp rap that mingles with the more sonorous tone of the skin. The membrane is stretched across a rim of bent spruce wood and is made from the bladder of a sea mammal, often a seal. The shaman intones with the beat of his drum speaking predictions or singing, sometimes offensive songs, whispering the words to the drum skin so that only the one to whom the service is addressed can hear. These special meditative songs were only sung when communicating with the spirits, when scrutinising events, and during ceremonies to cure illness.
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Walrus Ivory and Caribou Antler
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