Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Hopi maker
  • rattle, late 1800s–1981
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • gourd?, wood, great horned owl feathers, paint, string
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 35 x 14 x 9.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6016

The white rattle has a rounded top portion and a straight handle. The rattle portion is white with a black line crossed with short lines and "x's." Either side is deocrated with a blue-green circle, with a small red swastika or red cross with hooked ends inside and curving red lines around the edge. There is a thin black and white blocked line at the perimeter of the blue-green field and a tuft of white and grey striped feathers at the top.

It has a straight white handle with a white string through the end.