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date: 08 December 2019


  • John M. Schechter


Afro-Cuban vessel rattles used as a pair in religious rites of the Abakwá cult. Each conical rattle, traditionally made of woven cane and nowadays also of cardboard, is covered with gaily coloured cloth and decorated with raffia. The handle is a loop of woven cane extending from the point of the cone. The bottom of the cone is enclosed by the end section of a gourd, with the convex surface inside. The internal strikers are cubes of hardwood or ...

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