Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Omaha maker
  • rattle, late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, gourd, paint, leather, horse hair, gum resin
  • Object Height/Diameter: 36 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 14 1/8 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6019

The rattle has a relatively small globular head and a wooden handle. The head is made from a gourd, and it is held in place with leather strips running vertically. The wide red and white strips are painted between the leather. There is a band of red resin at the joint between the head and handle. The handle has a conical shape at the joint, tapering to a straight segment and ending in a small knob. There is a small leather loop at end of the handle and a small amount of horse hair tassel remains.