Vessel rattle

Navajo people
1900–25


Object Place: New Mexico, United States

Dimensions

Length 18.1 cm, diameter 7.6 cm (Length 7 1/8 in., diameter 3 in.)

Accession Number

1984.313

Medium or Technique

Gourd, wood

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Idiophones

Light-orange pear-shaped gourd pierced by handle of Osage orange wood, with cotton cord tied around top end. Small cross-shaped holes in gourd representing celestial patterns of stars; twelve on one side, seven on opposite side. Stones (?) inside.

Provenance

1984, sold by Douglas Deihl, Northampton, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund