Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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dance rattle
  • unknown Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) maker
  • dance rattle, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • bighorn sheep horn, mountain goat wool, brass tacks, buckskin, cotton string, cotton
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 35 x 34 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/4 x 13 3/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5552

The triangular rattle is made of brown horn with convex faces. All three edges are decorated with short twisted fringes of light colored wool. The bottom fringes are held on with tacks. The side fringes are held together with cotton string or cloth. The front and back of the rattle are held together with buckskin. There is a short buckskin strap at the rounded top point.