X83.796 Rattle

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Didya Village, Nigeria
Tangala-Waja peoples
Gourd, metal, pigment, leather, cotton
H: 40 cm, D: 17.8 cm (H: 15.7 in, D: 7.0 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Barbara Rubin-Hudson. X83.796


Rattles such as this one are used during the Kal festivals that are held every five years to celebrate the coming of age of young men. According to Berns, “the association of iron regalia with the role of men as protectors and providers has transformed the gourd ‘dance rattle’ into an emblem of male rather than female status”.

Source: DjeDje, J. C. (1999). “Turn Up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music”, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 257