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, stone
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 54 x 10.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 21 1/4 x 4 1/8 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5052

The rattle is made from a small tortoise shell on a wooden handle. There are six holes on the belly, four for buckskin lashing. There are eight holes on the back, four for buckskin lashing. There is a buckskin strip at the end of the handle with a brown and black feather at the end of each.

The small pebbles inside provide the rattle sound.