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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.


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


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

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Medium or Technique

Leather, wood, feathers


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones