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Culture:Native American; Hopi, Tewa, or Zuni
Title:Clown (Koshari) Rattle
Date Made:n.d.
Type:Musical Instrument
Materials:gourd, wood, cottonwood root, feathers, paint
Place Made:United States; Northeastern Arizona; Hopi/Tewa Reservation; Northwestern New Mexico; Zuni Reservation
Measurements:12 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 6 1/4 in.; 31.75 x 11.43 x 15.875 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1985.38.19
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 black and white striped Clown (Koshari) kachina, is made of a hollowed gourd that has been painted to resemble a Clown's head. Two pointed wooden "horns" are attached to the rattle, which is painted with a Clown's face and characteristic stripes. Feathers protrude from the "horns." The handle of the rattle is made out of cottonwood root. AP2018

clowns; rattles

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