Raven Rattle

Haida or Tlingit, NWC, North America

Wood and pigment

Size 14”

19th C.

Old break to nose on under side, minor warp to body, handle wrap missing

Provenance: The Proctor Stafford Collection

This fine, old and worn rattle has seen much use as evidenced by the shine on the handle.  Carved todepict a box of daylight held in the raven’s beak, with the humanoid figure sharing power through it’stongue with a frog, which in turn is clutched in the beak of a kingfisher.  There is a raptor carved andpainted on the underside.