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Rattle

Object Number:NA6826
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Chilkat
Tlingit
Provenience: Alaska
Klukwan
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Wood
Pigment
Shell
Metal
Leather
Cotton
Iconography:Raven
Height: 13.5 cm
Length: 33 cm
Width: 10.5 cm
Credit Line:Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1925
Other Number:49 - Collector Number

Description

Dance rattle in the shape of a raven carved from two pieces of wood. The raven's mouth is slightly open. The top of the rattle has a carved shaman figure reclining on the raven's back. The shaman's tongue is sticking out, protruding into the mouth of a frog that sits on their arms and legs. Behind the frog, a hawk's head is carved perpendicular to the raven's body. The underside of the raven is carved with a low relief design of a hawk's head with its beak curved downward and back into its mouth. The raven's wings extend away from the body on each side. Each component is painted with red, green, and black paint. The cylindrical handle protrudes from the rear of the raven and is wrapped with cotton fabric and cordage. A metal plate and nails also secure the underside of the handle to the body of the rattle. The sides of the rattle are secured with leather strips strung through perforations, some of which have dentalium shell beads attached.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Raven's Journey: The World of Alaska's Native People ( Nov 1986 - Feb 2010) View Objects in Exhibition

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