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Leg rattle from Africa

This leg rattle is from Africa. It is designed to be tied to a dancer's leg and provide a rhythmic background to music during a dance.

Dance is an important part of many cultures across Africa, and rattles are often tied to dancers' legs, arms and waists. Rattles can be made of a variety of locally available materials, including nuts, leaves and seed pods. The pods can either be strung together in a long line or attached to a frame, such as this one.

Museum object number REDMG : 2007.328.1

See related topic: World Collection: Belief