This instrument, collected in the field by Antoinette and Diana Powell-Cotton, was presented by Father Laagel (Roman Catholic Mission), and is associated with the Umbundu tribe. It is a hand rattle ("olusangu") made of two dried snuff-box tree fruit shells (probably Oncoba spinosa Forssk.) filled with small, round, and black plant seeds, and attached to a wooden handle. The rattle is used in initiation ceremonies and is carried by the wearer of the ancestor spirit costume.
- Specific materials/techniques:
- Decorative elements:Small perforated round holes throughout the fruit shells.
- Hornbostel-Sachs category:112.13 Vessel rattles
- Repository:Powell-Cotton Museum
- Measurements:Length: 300mm