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Object ID 60.260
Object Name Rattle (religious)
Other Name Turtle shell rattle
Material Wood/Vegetal/Bone/Tar/Feather/String
Description A rattle made using a large turtle shell and a thick wooden stick. The shell is bluish gray and yellowish tan on top and tan and buff on the underside. The shell pattern is outlined in black on both the top and bottom. It's pierced with a thick wooden stick held in place by a tar-like substance. At the top end, the shell is pierced and a feathered and wood stick tassel are attached with buff-colored string. The feathers are brown, yellow, green, orange, and blue. The handle is decorated with a checkered pattern of light and dark straw woven together.
Dimensions H-5.7 W-11.2 L-33.2 cm
Date AD 1673-1960
Provenance A letter written by Charles A. Wilhelmson, dated 05/09/1966, suggests that the objects he donated to Stanford were collected by missionary relatives. The original letter is on file.

Donated by Charles A. Wilhelmson to the Stanford University Collections in 1960.
Culture Caraja
Found South America; Brazil; Araguaia River region; Ilha do Bananal
Place of Origin (if different than Found) South America; Brazil; Araguaia River region; Ilha do Bananal
Collector [Missionary relatives of Charles A. Wilhelmson]
Collection Anthropology - South America
Search Terms Brazil
Caraja
Historic
Mixed material objects
Modern
Web Export Search Anthropology 117A