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Vessel rattle (shinshin)

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Two pieces of leather sewn together with sinew around wood handle, forming spherical head. Six black magpie (?) feathers and one eagle "fluffy" feather tied to top of head with leather. Carrying loop of leather tied to bottom of handle.

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

Cheyenne people, before 1893

Object Place

Possibly Wyoming, United States

Dimensions

Length 41.5 cm, diameter 6 cm (Length 16 5/16 in., diameter 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.2247

Medium or Technique

Leather, wood, feathers

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Idiophones