Tlingit, Native American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746

Shaped within a hollowed wood form, the double sides of this rattle were joined together with copper rivets and designed to emulate traditional rattles made of wood. During the late 1890s Klondike Gold Rush in Skagway, Alaska, a cottage industry grew to serve travelers interested in carvings and metalwork made by Indigenous Alaskans. Native coppersmiths produced masks, daggers, and rattles such as this one.

Rattle, Copper, wood, tanned leather, abalone shell, and horn, Tlingit, Native American

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