Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • United States
  • rattle, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • bark, stones
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 24 x 10 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 9 7/16 x 3 7/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0441

This rattle was made from a piece of folded tree bark. The head of the rattle is rectangular tapering to the handle. The handle is wrapped with a narrow strip of bark and the sides just above the handle are each stitched closed with an "X." The irregular bark surface varies in color from light natural to light brown.