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Catalog Number 141/16327
Object Name Rattle
Description One rattle made from a turtle shell. The shell has been painted red and hollowed out and filled with a smaller material that will rattle (likely corn or small pebbles). The skin of the turtle was cured and sewn together to close the bottom of the shell. The neck of the turtle was pulled out to form the handle of the rattle, and supported with thin wooden splint and wrapped with twine. The skull of the turtle was left intact on the end of the neck and also painted red. Iroquois culture.
Material Faunal Material
Collector Torrey, Howard
Lexicon sub-category Animal Tissue, Composite