Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Fern Bates
    active: United States
  • rattle, 2001
  • Where object was made: Klamath, California, United States
  • plant fiber, metal, weaving
  • Object Length/Diameter: 12.5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 4 7/8 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gene and Shirley Thomas
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0286

Small rattle. Distal half of bulbous body is woven with light natural plant fibers, decorated with dark brown diamonds. The portion of the body near the handle has a relatively open weave, with only a few weft fibers. The handle is short with a large loop at the end, wrapped with plant fiber.