Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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two halves of a rattle
  • Coast Salish peoples
  • two halves of a rattle, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States or British Columbia, Cana
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25.5 x 16.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 1/16 x 6 1/2 x 1 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5554.a,b

The two paddle shaped wooden pieces were once laced together through the holes on the perimeter of the larger blade-like portion of each piece. The blade-like portion is slightly concave to accommodate the rattle elements. It is brown.