From: United States of America | Alaska | Southeast Alaska | Sitka (uncertain)

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number NA11761
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tlingit
Provenience United States of America | Alaska | Southeast Alaska | Sitka (uncertain)
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Locus Sitka Kaagwaantaan Clan?
Section American
Materials Wood | Pigment | Bark | Cloth

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 shark figure with its tail curved back to nearly meet the shark's mouth. The shark's head is resting on the back of the raven's head. Behind the shark, another bird head protrudes from the back of the rattle. This bird has a thin, elongated beak that is resting on the shark's tail. Feather plumage is carved behind this second bird's head. The raven's wings extend away from the body on each side with painted designs on top. The underside of the rattle is carved with a low relief design of another bird face, likely a hawk's, with its beak curved downward and back into its mouth. Below the carved bird face is another carved face which likely does not belong to a bird. Each component of the rattle is painted with red, green, blue, and black paint. The cylindrical handle protrudes from the rear of the raven and nails secure the two halves of the rattle along the handle.

Length 33.2 cm
Width 10.3 cm
Credit Line Wanamaker Expedition to the Northwest Coast; Louis Shotridge, 1927
Other Number 135 - Other Number

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