Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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tortoise shell rattle
  • unknown Aniyunwiya (Cherokee) or Muscogee (Creek) maker
  • tortoise shell rattle, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Oklahoma, United States
  • tortoise shell, wood, buckskin, feathers, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 51 x 11 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 20 1/16 x 4 5/16 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5051

The small tortoise shell is on the end of a light natural colored wooden handle. It has four holes drilled in the back and four additional holes on the back and belly for buckskin lashing to keep the shell in place. There are small pebbles inside that rattle. There are two brown and black feathers on a white buckskin strip at the opposite end.