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RATTLES- INDIAN ANKLE-RATTLES (NAPURA)

6" and 7" in length. Minor erosions in a few places on the larger one, otherwise excellent. With good age, these came from a mid-20th century collection.
Etched brass with bird head and tail at extremities, being the Hindu bird God. Played in pairs, usually by dancers. A cotton cord goes through the bird and attaches around the ankle and the second toe.
We are told that these rattles were used in folk concerts but also by hold men as they entrered the temple, to let the Gods know that they are coming.The
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