- Museum number
Rattle constructed of two thin strips of wood bent in arcs, one inside the other attached to a horizontal wood handle. The two wood arcs are pierced and sewn with commercial 'Z' twist two-ply thread, holding on the underside series of puffin bills. The lower arc is attached to the upper arc which is nailed into the handle. The grip section of the handle is of oval cross section, with the ends carved as two birds heads, simply and effectively with bold long beaks. eyes as pointed ovals, the heads painted black, eye surrounds black with blue surrounds, and the beaks red. The rattle seems to have been quite new when collected, that is it is unpatinated and used trade materials. The thread used to attach the puffin bills to the arcs may be cotton; one of the bindings attaching the two arcs is of a trade thread; that on the other side may be of a native thread such as nettle fibre.
- Production date
Height: 14 centimetres (to bottom of arc - excluding bills.)
Length: 24 centimetres
Depth: 2 centimetres (of handle)
- Curator's comments
- The registration slip suggests that the rattle is of bird claws. A later hand has crossed out claw and written beaks and perhaps a third hand has added 'mandible of puffin'. This has no Comrie number on the artefact or registration slip. New description by JCK 17/9/96.
This collection was obtained by Comrie while he was employed as a Medical Officer on HMS Sparrowhawk in the 1860s. No catalogue of the collection survives.
- Not on display
- Fair: but the bills are delicate and in fragile condition.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This collection was obtained by Comrie while he was employed as a Medical Officer on HMS Sparrowhawk in the 1860s. No catalogue of the collection survives.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1870C1.6815 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Am1870C0803.28