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Raven rattle

Raven rattle
Mid 19th century
North America : Haida
Wood, leather, pebbles, paint
l. 31.8 x w. 10.0 x d. 12.0 cm
UEA 831

Rattles in the form of birds were used throughout the Northwest Coast. The bird most frequently depicted is a raven, as here, with a 'hawk' mask carved on its breast and a reclining figure on its back. The figure has its tongue extending into the beak of another bird, whose head forms the tail of the raven. Raven rattles are popularly classified as chief's rattles, in contrast to shaman's rattles, which depict other kinds of bird.

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