Rattle

About this object

History of use

Were carried and shaken by Hamats!a attendants, solalha, to calm Hamats!a dancer. Depicts a decapitated head".

Cultural context

ceremonial

Physical description

Painted wood rattle held together with metal nails and having strands of commercial black wool representing hair while a handle forms the lower jaw. The white face has circular black eyes outlined by a tapering oval surrounded by a green area with black brows above. At either outer side of the eyes, there is an orange split u form that has green accents within. The nostrils are orange-red. The open, downward turned, orange-red mouth shows eleven carved white teeth. At either side of the mouth, there is an orange-red u forms within a black one. Vertical orange-red dashes are at either sides of the handle. The back of the head is painted black.