Illinois Wesleyan University John Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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BIRD EFFIGY RATTLE JAR
BIRD EFFIGY RATTLE JAR
TitleBIRD EFFIGY RATTLE JAR
Shake the rattlehttp://www.iwu.edu/library/resources/JWPRattle25_0018.wma
Case Location0025
Cultural AffiliationAcoma
Date of Manufactureca. 1870-1880
DescriptionThis bird effigy, or representational image, rattle jar has a bird's head at one end and another at the mouth of the jar (or bottle), facing in opposite directions. The flat beak of the latter suggests that this bird is a duck. The body of the vessel is decorated with split leaf motifs that may indicate clouds (water symbols for a water bird), but there are no feather motifs as are found on artifact number 24. A seed, pebble, or perhaps a tiny piece of pottery is closed in the hollow head in order to make the rattling sound. Animal effigies have been made by the Pueblos since ancient times, and various types of rattles are used by all the Pueblos for ceremonies, but there seems to be no evidence that effigy rattles such as this one were used for Pueblo rituals.
DescriptorsANIMAL FIGURINE; RATTLE; JAR
Length17.2 cm
Height7.6 cm
Width6.8 cm
Type.DigitalImage
RightsIllinois Wesleyan University retains the rights to this material. Permission to reproduce these images must be granted by IWU. Contact archives@titan.iwu.edu or 309-556-1535 for more information.
Collection NameJohn Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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