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Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
Iron
Dimensions:
H x W: 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (12 x 16.5 cm)
Type:
rattles
musical instruments
Cultural Place:
West Africa, Africa
Date:
19th or 20th century
Description:
A wrought-iron dance rattle of the type used in West Africa, possibly a Yoruban rattle called an 'iku,' worn around the ankle during dances. The iron rattle is a skeuomorph of a seed-pod rattle, with three iron clappers inside each "pod" found on either side of a center oval opening. There are a pair of iron rings hanging from a loop at each end of the rattle to provide additional noise.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Africa  Search this
Dance  Search this
Music  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2008.10.10
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Musical Instruments
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd563e9d0f3-a6c2-43cc-b1dc-8fb432a36714
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2008.10.10