Lithograph of Saami men

Lithograph of Saami men
Accession number: 
Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

Lithograph produced in Berlin by Hermann Delius showing three members of a nomadic Saami family, identified as Aja Brita (twenty years old), Jzanghu (twenty-nine years old) and Lars (fifty-eight years old), captioned ‘Aja Brita 20 Jahr alt. Jzanghu 29 Jahr alt. Lars 58 Jahr alt./ Lappische Nomaden Familie’.

Lithographer: Hermann Delius
Date of publication: 1841
Continent: Europe
Geographical area: Northern Europe
Country: Sweden | Germany
Cultural group: European Saami
Named person(s): Aja Brita (left); Lars (centre); Lars (right)
Format: Lithograph
Size: 264 x 343 mm
Acquisition: Joan Evans. Donated August 1941


Primary documentation: ‘[p.588] Dr. JOAN EVANS, from the property of the late SIR ARTHUR EVANS, Youlbury, Boars Hill, Oxford. [List of items follows]’; ‘[p.590] 17 prints, Lapps & scenery. (Lith. Anst. v. H. Delius in Berlin)’: Pitt Rivers Museum accession records (Donations X, 1937–1941), pp.588, 590. Notes on print: ‘Aja Brita 20 Jahr alt. Jzanghu 29 Jahr alt. Lars 58 Jahr alt./ Lappische Nomaden Familie’ (caption printed below image); ‘13’ (printed above image); ‘Lith. Anst. v. H. Delius, in Berlin’ (printed below image, identifying the maker as lithographer Hermann Delius).

Research notes: It has been established by Philip Grover that this lithograph was one of twenty published to accompany a book by Daniel von Hogguér, Reise nach Lappland und dem nördlichen Schweden (Berlin, 1841), an account of a journey to the Pite River valley (historically Piteå Lappmark) made by the author in 1828.