Vessel rattle (aaya)

Probably Hopi people
about 1900

Object Place: Arizona, United States


Length 28.7 cm, diameter 12.8 cm, thickness 8.5 cm (Length 11 5/16 in., diameter 5 1/16 in., depth 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gourd, wood

Not On View


Musical Instruments



Flattened spherical body of gourd pierced by wood handle with pointed top. Handle wrapped with sinew and pierced by hole with cotton cord above gourd; wrapped with cotton cord and strip of cloth below gourd. Gourd painted green overall (two layers of differing shades) with black Maltese(-style) cross on each face and “X” on each edge. Pellets missing due to break in gourd.


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