CULTURAL CONTEXT : Ritual; the Raven rattle is used by chiefs in the context of initiation ceremonies and relate to assumptions underlying a chief’s position of authority.

DESCRIPTION : This Tsimshian raven rattle is ornately carved with the figure of a frog joining a man’s tongue, the man is in a reclining position on the back of the raven. In its beak the raven carries a piece of wood representing day light. A bird-like figure with hooked beak faces the rattle’s tail. Painted black, red, green and brown, the underside of the rattle is a carved creature possibly representing a sea monster.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA : Northwest Coast

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP : Tsimshian; Nisga’a

CULTURE : Tsimshian; Nisga’a

NATURAL REGION : Nass River

PROVINCE : British Columbia

PERIOD : 20th Century, early

MATERIAL : Wood; Paint

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE : Carved

DECORATIVE TECHNIQUE : Painted
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