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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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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)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

Probably Hopi people, about 1900

Object Place

Arizona, United States


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.)

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Medium or Technique

Gourd, wood


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones