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  • Rattle, 19th century
    Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia; Skittagetan or Haida
    Wood, pigment; Overall: 3 x 8 in. (7.6 x 20.3 cm)
    The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889 (89.4.616)

    This rattle depicts a grinning mountain spirit, potentially that of a bear. The spirit would act as the intercessor for the human figure found between the ears. The rattle represents the relationship between the two and how the owner would depend on the spirit for strength and guidance.

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  • Rattle, 19th century
    Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia; Skittagetan or Haida
    Wood, pigment; Overall: 3 x 8 in. (7.6 x 20.3 cm)
    The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889 (89.4.616)


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