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Vessel rattle (aaya)

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Flattened spherical body of gourd pierced by wood handle with pointed top. Handle wrapped with sinew and pierced by hole with cotton cord above gourd; wrapped with cotton cord and strip of cloth below gourd. Gourd painted green overall (two layers of differing shades) with black Maltese(-style)...

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Provenance

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

Probably Hopi people, about 1900

Object Place

Arizona, United States

Dimensions

Length 28.7 cm, diameter 12.8 cm, thickness 8.5 cm (Length 11 5/16 in., diameter 5 1/16 in., depth 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.2235

Medium or Technique

Gourd, wood

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Idiophones