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Rattle

Date:
19th century
Geography:
British Columbia, Canada
Culture:
Native American (Skittagetan or Haida)
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
Overall: 7.6 x 20.3cm (3 x 8in.)
Classification:
Idiophone-Shaken-rattle
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.616
Not on view
This rattle depicts a grinning mountain spirit, potentially that of a bear. The spirit would act as the intercessor for the human figure found between the ears. The rattle represents the relationship between the two and how the owner would depend on the spirit for strength and guidance.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Oceanica and America. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1913, vol. II, pg. 96, ill.



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