Elephant Rattle

20th century

This elephant rattle is made from bamboo and was used at the Mysore Khedda (Elephant Stockade).

These devices, used as elephant rattles, are traditional percussion instruments known as bamboo clappers. Bamboo clappers are common across India and are known by different names. They are made from a thick piece of bamboo, which is split halfway through, leaving the lower end intact. This allows a spring-like movement between the halves, creating a clapping sound.

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Elephant Rattle, Mysore
20th century
 Bamboo and Metal
H: 36.6 cm; D: 4.2 cm  
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