Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Northwest Coast peoples
  • rattle, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, hoof, seal skin?, string, plant fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 29 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width: 11 3/8 x 2 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5549

The short stick has three dark brown hooves on one end. Seal skin is wrapped around one end of the stick with hooves attached by black string. The strip of seal skin at the other end does not have hooves attached. The remainder of the stick is covered with plant fiber in spiralling stripes of light natural, red and dark brown. There are dark brown horizontal strips.