One of the earliest
known rattles in Latin America is the quijada. This instrument is made from
the jawbone of a donkey or horse. The loose teeth serve the same purpose
as pebbles in maracas. It is struck with the palm of the hand and is primarily
used in the Peru in the Andes.
"[The quijada] is composed of the inferior maxilar of native horses about
2 years old, prepared in such a manner that when struck with the fist produces
a peculiar vibration very original and solely of this instrument. Dimension
are: 14 in. long. Weight 1,250 grs."
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