Vessel rattle

Probably Haida people
19th century

Object Place: Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada


Length 30 cm, width 8.2 cm (Length 11 13/16 in., width 3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment, leather, shells

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)


Musical Instruments



Body carved in shape of raven from two hollowed-out pieces of hardwood, tied together at edges of wings with leather and cotton cord threaded through small tubular pieces of sea shell. Belly of raven carved with two faces; back carved with frog atop reclining humanoid figure and head of hawk facing toward handle. Painted red, green, and black. Integral wood handle bound with strip of leather. Stones (?) inside.


Arthur Graham Carey, Benson, VT; 1984, by inheritance to Roxanne Price Carey, Benson, VT; 1985, donated by Carey to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 23, 1985)

Credit Line

Gift of Graham Carey