American Indian turtle dance rattle

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Old ethnographic piece, an American Indian turtle rattle


An unusual piece that was used in a New Mexico Pueblo, this is a rattle made of an American river snapping turtle.  The body was fully dried and then sealed and finished with painted hide and red pigment.  The turtle’s green eyes struck me – they appear to be kernels of corn, painted green and set in.  Cool piece, great sound when shaken.  About 16″ long x 7 1/4″ wide.

This will ship anywhere in the continental U.S. for $20.00

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