WOOD, COPPER, IRON
The rattle was shaken as a music instrument to warm up and create a positive atmosphere at gatherings before the arrival of the chief. After the chief’s arrival it was filled up with palm wine and handed over to him . He would then share it with his guardians, as a safety measure letting them drink first to ensure they would not betray him and it was safe for him to partake in the occasion. A rare and very beautiful piece. The eyes are made with ivory disks.