Child's rattle - ROM2005_5450_1


Child's rattle

Maker: Eastern Cree
Medium:Strip of birch bent to form circle at one end which is covered with skin enclosing several small pebbles
Geography: Rupert River, Quebec, Canada
Date: c. 1964
8 × 2 × 21.5 cm
Object number: 964.140.19
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionThe rattle is a child’s toy, but in former times it had significance similar to the drum: the membrane of skin linking the animal spirit and the human. Like the drum, it was used to accompany songs. Smaller and less fragile than the drum, the rattle was used when the drum was not available.
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