Why rattles?

 

A study by Harvard University suggests a global interconnection of human song and melody. Similar melodies and rhythms are used in cultures around the world to express certain emotions and celebrate the same social occasions in ways that reveal music to be a universal language.

Rattles were one of the earliest rhythm-making musical instruments. Handcrafted from inventive materials by resourceful peoples, rattle artifacts discovered by archaeologists are testament to the innovation and resilience of humankind, and to the strength of the human spirit.

This simple percussion instrument is a subtle reminder of humanity’s connection and resiliency. These sweet little bibelots are first shaped in clay, then drenched with an iridescent Raku glaze for swirls of coppery plums, reds, blues, ochres, and greens. Pick your rattle up from its nestling spot on a desk or vanity, and the tiny balls tucked inside the pillow of clay make a soft soothing sound. No two look or sound alike.

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