The Star of Finland

The Samer, or Lapps, are among the more distant inhabitants of Scandinavia, living farther north than anyone else. In old Scandinavian writing, they are generally portrayed very mystically, very akin to magic. The pipe, then, incorporates a star motif from rock carvings -- here seen at the end of the shank. And the background to these page incorporates a reindeer motif -- often engraved on magic drums.
Star of Finland

Samer pipes visiting a nebula

Credit, if any should be given to my work, goes to Ernst Manker and Tre Tryckare, People of the Eight Seasons (New York: Crescent Books, 1963), whose illustrations are very, very beautiful and comprehensive.

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