Vessel rattle

Possibly Arapaho people
about 1930

Object Place: United States, Western Plains region


Length 38.0 cm, diameter 5.5 cm (Length 14 15/16 in., diameter 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, seed beads, horsehair, feathers

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Light-orange pear-shaped gourd pierced by handle of dark brown wood. Handle wrapped above and below gourd with rows of dark blue, white, and red seed beads on light blue field. Tied to lower end of handle is cord of white braided leather with five tassels of horsehair dyed red, white, and light purple. Projecting from top of gourd is tuft of white horsehair and red feathers, wrapped at base with narrow strip of white fur.


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

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund