Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Plains peoples
  • rattle, late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: United States
  • horn, wood, feathers, paint, felt, buckskin
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 36 x 13 x 7.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 14 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6093

The rattle is made from a segment of horn with a wooden handle. The horn segment is slightly curved and painted with diamonds in yellow with red ends. There are green triangles in the space between the diamonds and a thin blue band at the top and bottom. The dark brown wooden handle is straight. There are two strips of red felt and a large grey and white mottled feather tied at the junction. There is a peg in the center of the other end with a dark grey and light grey feather tied on a strip of buckskin.