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Vessel rattle (onó'kah kastaweh'shae')

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Short cylinder of ox (?) horn capped at each end by disk of wood pinned by small brass (?) brads. Disks pierced at center by handle of wood. Twine cord tied to handle immediately above and below horn. Stones (?) inside.


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

Seneca people, 19th century

Object Place

New York State, United States


Length 27.7 cm, diameter 7 cm (Length 10 7/8 in., diameter 2 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cowhorn, wood


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones