Requires Photography


20th century
Artist Unidentified


Overall: 31 x 6 x 6 cm (12 3/16 x 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, gourds

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments


Musical instruments

This rattle, possibly of Luba origin, is comprised of two hollow gourds into which dried seeds would have been placed to create a rattling sound. The Luba, as well as neighboring communities, used rattles for a variety of ritual purposes. They could be used be diviners during healing ceremonies and have also been associated with the Bagabo secret Society as well as ritual ancestral worship.


Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart