Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Apache or Hopi maker
  • rattle, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • gourd, wood, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 24 x 14 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 7/16 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6018

The rattle has a round head and a straight handle. The head is painted a light color (possibly a very dingy white) with a black line around the edge. It is crossed with short black lines and "x's." The center circle is painted white with remnants of a red swastika or cross with hooked arms. The circle has a black border and short red rays around the perimeter. It has a red handle.