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Pair of arm-band rattles

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Leather straps covered with seed-bead decoration comprised of repeating geometric pattern in dark blue, red, and yellow on white background with light green along edges. Row of small tin cones tied on with leather strips along upper edge of each strap.


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

Sioux people, 19th century

Object Place

Possibly South Dakota, United States


Length 32 cm, width 3 cm (Length 12 5/8 in., width 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Leather, tin, seed beads


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones