Vessel rattle

Possibly Nootka people
19th century

Object Place: British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver Island


Length 40.2 cm, width 10 cm, thickness 12.6 cm (Length 15 13/16 in., width 3 15/16 in., thickness 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Musical Instruments



Body in shape of long-billed bird (with box held in bill) constructed from two carved and hollowed-out pieces of hardwood, tied together with sinew in two places at opposite sides of body. Painted decoration comprised of red and black geometric designs. Large blue glass beads used for eyes. Integral handle pegged together with single dowel. Stones (?) inside.


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection