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Rattle

Date:
ca. 1880
Geography:
British Columbia, Canada
Culture:
Native American (Haida or Tsimshian)
Medium:
Wood, string, pigment
Dimensions:
H. 29.2 cm (11-1/2 in.); Diam. 15.2 cm (6 in.)
Classification:
Idiophone-Shaken-rattle
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1963
  • Description

    Spherical in shape with two diametrically opposed faces, this rattle represents typical carving of Northwest Coast people, exhibiting form-line carving in low relief. One side of the rattle depicts a face in quintessential form-line ornament, with ovoid and U-shaped realizations of the space between the form-lines. The opposite side of the rattle depicts a hook-nosed bird figure, possibly a hawk or raven, the nose protruding from the low relief of the face. There is evidence of red and black pigment as embellishment on both sides of rattle. This wooden rattle is constructed in two pieces carved to form a hollow chamber. Small holes carved near edges of both pieces are threaded with vegetal lacing and pinned with iron nails to secure the two halves together, along with the wrapping at the base of handle.

  • Provenance

    Nathan, Joseph, and Co., 641 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA, April 1899.

  • References

    "The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Its Origin and Development." Metropolitan Museum Journal (1970), vol. 3, pg. 346, ill.

    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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