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)
  • palm nuts?, hide
  • Object Length/Width: 16 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 6 1/4 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0819

These are six nutshell halves, possibly palm nuts, strung on a strip of hide, knotted at either end of the nuts, leaving a loop at one end, and a tangle of hide at the other.