University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:70-9-474
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Delaware Culture
Provenience: Oklahoma
Culture Area: Northeast
Materials:Turtle Shell
Length: 14 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Samuel Pennypacker, 1970


Box turtle shell, with handle made of leather thong fastened through holes in the top of the shell. Used in Big House Ceremony. Note in Frank Speck's hand-writing on tag accompanying object: "Tortoise rattle used in reciting visions in Long House ceremony (Ta'xkoxc)." See Speck, The Delaware Big House Ceremony.


[Other] Wm. D. Morley, Inc. Inventory and Appraisement - Personal Property - The Estate of Samuel W. Pennypacker, 2nd, Dec'd. - Haldeman Road Schwenksville, RD 1 Penna. October 15, 1968.. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 26View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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