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bird-shaped rattle
  • unknown Kwih-dich-chuh-aht (Makah) maker
  • bird-shaped rattle, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Neah Bay, Washington, United States?
  • wood, buckskin, pigment, metal, rock, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 13 x 12 x 46 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 18 1/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2729

The stylized bird figure has metal and rocks inside it to form a rattle. The bird has a very long neck and no wings are indicated. It is a red-brown color with black eyes, a black band at the base of the neck, and a wide black stripe down the back flanked with two rows of black dots. The belly of the bird, with the metal and rocks, is tied together with two strips of buckskin on either side. There is a long cylindrical handle in lieu of tail feathers.