A fine rare Northwest Coast Kwakiutl globular ceremonial rattle used in the winter Hamatsa dance ceremonies. Similar rattles are illustrated in Audrey Hawthorne’s Book Kwakiutl Art. This fine rattle is carvbed from a single piece of alder wood that was split in half and carefully hollowed out and the lashed back together using spruce root lashings. Dyed hand woven cedar bark trim decorate the upper edge. Each side is painted with an abstract zoomorphic crest image painted in classic color of red, black and green. Expertly painted with fine crisp lines. Rattles of this form are well represented in museum collections, but rarely come on the open market today. A museum quality example.