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Hide rattle with horsehair and red paint / Unknown

Curatorial Remarks

I wonder if the rattle is actually made out of horsehide. A lot of the rattles are usually specified what type of leather the rattle is made out of. When we get into ritual items like rattles there is a lot of meaning surrounding the material and design of the object. The design and material becomes important. It is almost if they cut a long strip of hide and constructed it so the hair comes out the bottom. The hair appears to become the handle of the rattle. Horsehair or buffalo hair?

Tags: Rattle, horse hair, music, red paint
People: Comanche
Places: Southern Plains, Oklahoma
Purpose: ceremonial events

From interviews with Dr. Garrick Bailey, 2018-2020 University of Tulsa, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

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Hide rattle with horsehair and red paint
Native American; Comanche
circa 1890
hide, paint, horsehair
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8926.11; 24365
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