Vessel rattle

Unknown people
19th century

Object Place: United States, Great Plains region


Length 60 cm, width 8 cm, thickness 5.5 cm (Length 23 5/8 in., width 3 1/8 in., thickness 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Leather, wood, seed beads

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Two pieces of leather sewn together with sinew around handle of wood, forming pear-shaped head. Handle wrapped with additional band of leather with wide fringes at each end, upper band wrapped with three strands of light blue and reddish-brown seed beads. Long hank of black hair projecting from end of handle.


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