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Coconut rattle with painted wooden handle / Louis Fish

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Hand rattle with a coconut head affrixed to a wooden handle. the coconut has many 1/4 inch holes drilled in it. Contains pebbles. The coconut has been colored dark and covered with a varnish. The handles has been marked with blue "X" patterns on 2 sides. There is a hole at the bottom of the handle, through which a blue commercial thong passes and is knotted (for hanging). A brown thong is tied at the base of the coconut, passing inside of it to secure the coconut to the handle. (This last feature is an innovation devised by Mr. Fish, typically such a lace passes around the outside of the coconut). - from TL file

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Title(s): 
Coconut rattle with painted wooden handle
Creator(s): 
Louis Fish
Culture: 
Native American; Muscogee (Creek), Euchee
Date: 
20th century
Materials/Techniques: 
coconut, wood, paint, stone, commercial stain and varnish, commercial leather
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
84.2995
Department: 
Not On View

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