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Rattle

Native NameSo 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
Early Date: 1947
Late Date: 1947
Section:American
Materials:Gourd
Bark
Pigment
Length: 28.5 cm
Width: 12.4 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Richard Pittman, 1949

Description

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).

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