Vessel rattle (shinshin)

Cheyenne people
before 1893

Object Place: Possibly Wyoming, United States


Length 41.5 cm, diameter 6 cm (Length 16 5/16 in., diameter 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Leather, wood, feathers

Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments



Two pieces of leather sewn together with sinew around wood handle, forming spherical head. Six black magpie (?) feathers and one eagle “fluffy” feather tied to top of head with leather. Carrying loop of leather tied to bottom 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