Rattle with Handle
Rattle with globular body and cylindrical handle, made of light orange clay, very fine, known as Tiquisate Ceramic. The rattle has two slots and eight circular holes with clay balls inside.
Music among Pre-Columbian peoples was a cultural manifestation of all ages and all social ranks. The public and private events, in which the elite participated, were entertained with music.Among the instruments most frequently used were drums, trumpets and conch shells, which were seen especially in the royal and military processions.
Among the families of musical instruments, with which the Maya created sounds and music, the "percussion instruments without a membrane" included rattles, turtle shells, and drums without membrane, sticks made of wood and bone to hit one to each other, as well as rattles of threaded shells and countless items to create sound.
Musical instruments were considered divine vessels, and were treated with great respect due to their relationship with music and dance, sacred manifestations as well.
To learn more you can read the work of:
Adje Both, Arnd. " Pre-Columbian Music: Ritual Sounds Throughout History" in Arqueología Mexicana magazine.
Stöckli, Matthias. 2005. Musical Iconography. XVIII Symposium of Archaeological Research in Guatemala, 2004 (edited by JP Laporte, B. Arroyo and H. Mejía), pp.585-590. National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Guatemala.