Native American (Tsimshian)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

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.

Rattle, Wood, paint, sinew, pebbles, Native American (Tsimshian)

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