Handmade Peyote Stitch Beaded Gourd Rattle
This Gourd Rattle features a carved wood handle and beautiful Peyote Stitch beadwork. The crafter made it using a real Bell Gourd with a scalloped cut edge. He carved the wood handle and stained it a mahogany brown. For the geometric and feather designs he used sparkling 11/0 Cut Seed Beads in Light Blue, White, Periwinkle, Red, Yellow, Green, Pink and Black. 7.5″ of Twisted Deerskin Leather Fringe hangs from the bottom.
The rattle measures about 10″ long not including the Twisted Deerskin Fringe at the bottom. The gourd measures about 7″ in circumference and about 2.5″ long. The Peyote Stitch Beadwork section measures 3.25″ long. This Rattle came from a collection. You will see signs of wear. It is in very good, usable condition. One of a Kind!
The dance for which this Rattle was made is called the Gourd Dance. The gourd dance is a Kiowa dance ceremony. The dance honors all warriors and veterans.
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