Rattle, Wood, Native American (Masseth or Haida)

Rattle

Date:
19th century
Geography:
British Columbia, Canada
Culture:
Native American (Masseth or Haida)
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
H. 10 × W. 2 3/4 in. (25.4 × 7 cm)
Classification:
Idiophone-Shaken-rattle
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.647
Not on view
This raven rattle depicts a perched bird with wings outstretched toward its front. This is an unusual representation of the raven on a rattle and more typical of the way it would be depicted on a memorial (or totem) pole.
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. 95.