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Rattle

Rattle

early 1900s

Wood, pigment

Overall: 31.8 x 9.3 x 11.2 cm (12 1/2 x 3 11/16 x 4 7/16 in.)

Gift of W. A. Price 1921.1577

Description

Rattles that combine ravens, humans, and frogs are among the best-known but least-understood of Northwest Coast object types. They clearly have mythic import-the raven clenches in its bill the legendary box from which it released sunlight- and they may have come into being as shamans' implements. But historically they were used during secular parts of winter dances by chiefs wearing Chilkat dance robes, an example of which is periodically on display.

See also
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Wood
Medium: 
Wood, pigment
Credit line: 
Gift of W. A. Price

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