Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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miniature rattle
  • Guaraní peoples
  • miniature rattle, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: São Paulo, Brazil
  • wood, seed, parrot feathers, plant fiber, weaving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 11.5 x 3 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 4 1/2 x 1 1/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6215

The very small rattle has a light colored oval nut for the head. The handle is a piece of wood covered with dark brown and light natural plant fibers woven in a checkerboard. There is a downy gray feather on the head of the rattle. There s a short loop of plant fiber at the joint between the head and handle.