The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Not on view
The form of this rattle is that of a bird (raven) bearing a totemic emblem on its breast. On the bird's back are the figures of a shaman and a kingfisher, the mythological source of the shaman's supernatural powers. The figures are united by one tongue, which forms the bridge through which the magic force flows.
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.