Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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ankle rattle
  • unknown Shona maker
  • ankle rattle, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • tin, plant fiber
  • Object Length: too fragmented to measure
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0849

These two tassels of twisted plant fiber are tied together at the top. The tassels have metal embellishments that consist of a piece of folded tin that looks roughly rectangular with raised dots. One tassel is mostly intact. One tassel has broken all of the plant strings holding the metal rattles except for two.