Object photography

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Object description

  • Lakota (Teton/Western Sioux) artist
  • Rattle, made 19th century, collected February 1944
  • Wood, leather, metal, deer hoof
  • Great Plains, United States
  • L: 17 1/8 in, W: 3 1/2 in (L: 43.5 cm, W: 8.9 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 1944
  • E24349


This is a rattle made from a stick covered with leather to which are attached many small metal tin tassels and split deers' hooves. There is a small fringe of leather on the bottom of the handle. There are two small clumps of red and blue yarn, and two small cut-out leather animals (a turtle and a bird), tied to the top of the rattle.

Exhibition History

  • Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997