Raven rattle

Attributed to Albert Edward Edenshaw Haida

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746

Raven rattles, carried in dances by men of high rank, traditionally feature a raven, a secondary raven’s face, and a human figure reclining on the raven’s back. Here, the human figure has a bear’s or wolf’s head and, on the underside, a tiny frog sits at the bottom of the face on the raven’s breast. This inventive design is attributed to Albert Edward Edenshaw, uncle of the renowned Haida artist Charles Edenshaw.

Raven rattle, Attributed to Albert Edward Edenshaw (Haida, 1812–1894), Wood, pigment, glass beads and vegetal fiber, Haida, Native American

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