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Pair of clappers

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These wooden clappers take the form of human hands wearing stacked bracelets.


Between about 1905 and 1929, acquired in Egypt by Édouard Louis Joseph, Baron Empain (b. 1852 – d. 1929), Heliopolis; by inheritance within the Empain family, Heliopolis and Paris, to his grandson, Édouard Jean, Baron Empain (b. 1937), Paris; April 14, 2011: Baron Empain collection sale, Christie’s (sale no. 6060) London, lot 34, to Royal-Athena Galleries, New York; 2012: sold by Royal-Athena to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 28, 2010)

Credit Line

Miguel and Barbara de Bragança Fund

Egyptian, Middle or New Kingdom, 2040–1070 B.C.


Length: 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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