This drum shows a drum handle design common for Evenk shaman drums. While many Siberian nationalities as well as the Mongols usually have wooden or leather handles inserted directly into the hoop, Evenk drums often have a cross-shaped metal handle attached to the hoop with thongs. In this case thongs attach the handle to a metal ring, that is in turn attached by thongs to the hoop. What appear to be bumps on the metal ring are actually tiny spirit masks, and a large iron bear ongon is on the top side of the ring. The thongs absorb the force of the blows on the drumhead and may act as springs so that the hand holding the drum is is not repeatedly jarred by the blows of the beater.