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Rattle

Date:
19th century
Geography:
Sitka, Alaska, United States
Culture:
Native American (Tlingit)
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
W. 12.1 x L. 25.4 cm (4 3/4 x 10 in.)
Classification:
Idiophone-Shaken-rattle
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.614
Not on view
This unusual rattle depicts a double-headed eagle. Animals depicted on Northwest Coast rattles were almost always representations of those found in the natural world. The appearance of this rattle suggests contact between the indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast and Russian explorers in the nineteenth century who would have carried with them symbols of the Russian imperial double-eagle emblem.
Collected by James G. Swan ; Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Smithsonian Institution
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Oceanica and America. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1913, vol. II, pg. 97, ill.



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