2013.11.1: Shaman's Rattle, c. 1900

Additional Images

2013.11.1: Shaman's Rattle.
Image No. 3538 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Shaman's rattle made of whalebone/sheep horn bent with edges perforated and held together with cord and containing buckshot. Purple and a green binding are wrapped around the handle area cushioned with organic material.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 2013.11.1
Collection: Ethnography
Date: c. 1900

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 23.8 cm
  • Width: 14.7 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • lead,
  • organic material,
  • organic material-animal,
  • string,
  • textile

Acquisition Detail

  • History of Use: The rattle may have been used by a Shaman of the Nootka (Nuu-chah-nulth) community, west coast of Vancouver Island.