From: Mexico (Central America) | Chiapas

Curatorial Section: American

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Native Name So Ot
Object Number 49-16-1
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Lacandon
Provenience Mexico (Central America) | Chiapas
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Date Made 1947
Section American
Materials Gourd | Bark | Pigment

Globular gourd, divided into four quarters by red lines crossing top center, punctated with perforations. 8 additional perforations around red plug center of top; 7 otheres around handle at center bottom. Handle wrapped with coarse inner bark. Bark streamers at tip have 2 bands of green coloring. Made in 1947 by Chankin Kasi aho (Spanish name, Mateo Garcia). Name of rattle is So'ot. The green is made from the leaves of a vine-like plant (Tsits) which are boiled and squeezed. Mr. Bair knows of only "two ceremonies in which the Lacadones employ the rattle. One is in connection with Bache -- this is Naprir Bache. The other ceremony is called U pom yak'in. Both are just before dusk, both employ the flute (chur). The rattle is shaken and the flute played as the copal and copal. These are payment ceremonies." (Information from letters of Phil Bair).

Length 28.5 cm
Width 12.4 cm
Credit Line Gift of Richard Pittman, 1949

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