Native American (Tsimshian)
about 1900

Object Place: coastal British Columbia, Northwest Coast, Canada


26.67 x 9.52 x 4.44 cm (10 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood (probably alder and birch), paint, gut, and rock material

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



Oval form with stylized hand; palm: blue ovoid in shape with small black ovoid within. Thumb and fingers are black against a blue ground. Wood color outlining appears between blue and black elements. Red banding around oval on sides of rattle. Painting on both sides of rattle. Handle is carved extension of the oval form. Two halves are secured together with gut ties and by an overlap joint.


William E. Channing acquired the rattle in London in 1981 from an American, Taylor A. Dale, who at the time was residing there. He had purchased it from an English dealer who bought it in the countryside -- the seller had no collection history. Purchased by the Museum from William Channing & Co., Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1996.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Elizabeth Wetherill McMeel and The Seminarians