200118-05 Antique Hopi Gourd Dance Rattle with Whirling Log Motif Early 20th century
9 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 2 3/4"
The Kachina Rattle
The gourd rattle used by the Hopi Katsinam is tremendously symbolic. This special instrument is used in Katsina dance and ceremony, and also as a gift given to children during their initiation ceremonies into the Kachina Society.
The rattle is constructed of a flattened gourd, which represents the earth, and the handle represents the axis of the Hero Twins, iconic figures of ancient Mayan lore who help keep the earth spinning.
Private Estate Collection.