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Pottery Rattle

Period:
Pre-Columbian
Date:
1200–1521
Geography:
Central Plateau Region, Mexico
Culture:
Mexican
Medium:
Clay
Dimensions:
Weight 79 g, Diamter 54 mm.
Classification:
Idiophone-Shaken-rattle
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2065
Not on view
This pottery rattle is in the shape of a ball used in an Aztec game.
Although numerous pottery instruments survive from pre-Conquest South and Central America, little is known of how they were used before Spanish invaders ravaged the native cultures.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Mr. Isaacs
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Oceanica and America. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1913, vol. II, pg. 207.



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