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metal rattle for gourd dance
  • unknown Numunuu (Comanche) maker
  • metal rattle for gourd dance, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: North America
  • wood, metal, horse hair, string, cord, buckskin, paint, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Diameter: 64 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 25 3/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0423

This is a rattle made with a metal can closed with a piece of wood and pierced by a wooden shaft for a handle. The can is painted copper. The wooden shaft is beaded with peyote stitch in three areas: the top of the rattle is solid light blue beading, just below the rattle and the end of the handle are beaded with a light blue field with zigzag bands of dark blue and red. The area between these two bands is wrapped with black string, leaving no wood visible. There is a small buckskin tab at the end of the handle with a metal eyelet, through which a white cord is looped. The white cord has a silvertone metal rivet and four small silvertone wraps. Each end has a beaded segment in light blue, dark blue, and red. There are black bristle tassels at each end and a dark blue and white horse hair tassel at the top end of the rattle.