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This rattle, possibly of Luba origin, is comprised of two hollow gourds into which dried seeds would have been placed to create a rattling sound. The Luba, as well as neighboring communities, used rattles for a variety of ritual purposes. They could be used be diviners during healing ceremonies...

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Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, 20th century


Overall: 31 x 6 x 6 cm (12 3/16 x 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, gourds


Africa and Oceania


Musical instruments