Osage (Native American). <em>Peyote Rattle</em>, late 19th-early 20th century. Gourd, glass beads, metal, feathers, brass, sinew, nut or seed, cork, 27 9/16 x 2 3/4 in. (70 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1911, Museum Collection Fund, 11.694.9059. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 11.694.9059_PS2.jpg)

Peyote Rattle

Artist:Osage

Medium: Gourd, glass beads, metal, feathers, brass, sinew, nut or seed, cork

Dates:late 19th-early 20th century

Dimensions: 27 9/16 x 2 3/4 in. (70 x 7 cm)

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Museum Location: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor

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Accession Number: 11.694.9059

Image: 11.694.9059_PS2.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Culin purchased this rattle from Saucy Calf who explained the symbolism to Francis La Flesche. It would have been used in what is now the Native American Church. The gourd is painted with a zigzag line of red paint that represents the crown of thorns. The handle is worked with beads that represent lightning, divided into two parts by a band in the middle. The lower part of this band represents earth and the upper the sky, illustrating man ascending into heaven. The metal attached to the handle reads, “Behold the heart of Jesus is with me."

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