Vessel rattle

Possibly Nootka people
19th century


Object Place: British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver Island

Dimensions

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

17.2232

Medium or Technique

Cedar?

Not On View

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Idiophones

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.

Provenance

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