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Culture:Native American; Hopi, Tewa, or Zuni
Title:Mudhead (Koyemsi) Rattle
Date Made:n.d.
Type:Musical Instrument
Materials:gourd, cottonwood root, paint
Place Made:United States; Northeastern Arizona; Hopi/Tewa Reservation; Northwestern New Mexico; Zuni Reservation
Measurements:12 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. diameter; 32.385 x 13.97 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1985.38.18
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

This rattle, either made for the tourist trade or for use during kachina ceremonies by a Mudhead kachina, is made of a hollowed gourd that has been painted to resemble a Mudhead's red head, black eyes, and distinctive knobs that appear on the sides (as well as top) of the head. The handle of the rattle is made out of cottonwood root. AP2018


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