Vessel rattle (onó'kah kastaweh'shae')

Seneca people
19th century
Attributed to Andrew John, Jr. (Seneca Nation, about 1847–1907)

Object Place: New York State, United States


Length 27.7 cm, diameter 7 cm (Length 10 7/8 in., diameter 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cowhorn, wood

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



Short cylinder of ox (?) horn capped at each end by disk of wood pinned by small brass (?) brads. Disks pierced at center by handle of wood. Twine cord tied to handle immediately above and below horn. Stones (?) inside.


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