X86.2830 Pair of rattles

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Pair of rattles
Baga peoples
Gourd, aluminum, metal coins
L (of longest): 56 cm (22.0 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Anonymous Gift. X86.2830


Although a Baga attribution has not been firmly established for these rattles, the surface design created by the applied aluminum is consistent with painted designs found on Baga carpentered headdresses (sibondel), the development of which was stimulated by Islamic symbolism. The Muslim star and crescent on each rattle reinforces this association.

Source: DjeDje, J. C. (1999). “Turn Up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music”, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 256