Age: Ca. 1000 A. D. - 1500 A. D.
Size: 9” in length by 3 3/4” in height by 3” in width
Description: A blackware ceremonial rattle in the shape of a two headed alligator. This large and unusual specimen stands proudly with both heads raised in the air. It is highly ornamented with bracelets above each claw, raised circular designs on the shoulders, incised circular raised designs surrounding each snout, and a center raised bar on each head. There are five lightly incised lines running down the center of the back. It is hollow with an opening on each side. The rattles have been lost to time. It is intact with no new plaster.The heads on each end of the piece appear to have been cleanly broken off either intentionally for ceremonal usage or during shipping and have been professionally reattached. It is bound to appeal to the collector of the rare and unusual.