Apr 2, 2012
Apr 2, 2012
Apr 2, 2012

Raven Rattle

Raven Rattle

late 1800s–early 1900s

Wood, pigment

Overall: 31.8 x 9.3 x 11.2 cm (12 1/2 x 3 11/16 x 4 7/16 in.)

Gift of W. A. Price 1921.1577


Rattles featuring ravens with figures on their backs may depict the acts of shamans, whose exceptional abilities allow them to interact with other-than-human beings to control weather, heal illness, or locate animals for the hunt. Such rattles may have started with shamans but secular chiefs often use them during winter ceremonies, implying they are symbols of power.

See also
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Wood, pigment
Credit line: 
Gift of W. A. Price

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