Rattle

About this object

Cultural context

ceremonial

Iconographic meaning

Possibly represents the sun: tlh!isala.

Physical description

Yellow-brown wood rattle consisting of two rounded pieces put together, each with a semi-cylindrical handle, creating a full rounded square rattle nailed together. Design consisting of a human face that has black circle in circle eyes outlined by a carved tapering oval and surrounded with a green area and two semi-oval black areas on top of the head, a black dot with red detailing for the nose, and an open red mouth showing twelve plain teeth with a curving green line along the cheeks. Face is surrounded by a red halo-like projection feature with radiating red spikes around the head. There were originally nine spikes, there are only five left intact.