Loon Rattle

About this object


Originally part of the Walter Koerner collection that was on loan to the Museum of Anthropology, but at some point the rattle was gifted from Walter Koerner to Albert Viksten, a well-known Swedish writer and son of Swedish painter Hans Viksten. Eventually the rattle made its way back to Vancouver for auction in late 2011, where it was purchased by the donor, for addition to the MOA collection.

Cultural context


Physical description

Rattle carved in the shape of a bird, with black paint used to show the wings, feathers, eyes and beak of a loon. The rattle was carved in two pieces, top and bottom, which are tied together in three places with string. The holes in the fourth spot are missing the string. The rattle is hollow and makes noise when moved.