Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • United States or Canada
  • rattle, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: North America
  • wood, buckskin, wool, metal, feathers, pigment, beads, beading, dyeing
  • Length/Width/Depth: 55.5 x 28 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 21 7/8 x 11 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0442

This rattle has a donut-like head and wooden handle. The circular head is wrapped with yellow colored buckskin, stitched in the open center. The majority of the perimeter is decorated with short buckskin strips, each with a red bead and a red or purple feather. The wooden handle is covered with red wool, the two free ends hanging loosely are decorated with dark blue, yellow, pink, and red stripes. The end of the wooden handle, between the woolen strips has a short buckskin strip with a metal bell, two red beads and one yellow bead. The junction between the handle and head is wrapped with buckskin and beaded with a wide white stripe and thin light green and light yellow and wider orange and red stripes.