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Bronze sistrum or sacred rattle used to invoke the gods during temple ritual. Only two of the bronze pins that would have held the rattling metal disks remain. The ornament at top is broken away. Handle decorated with the double crown of Egypt in relief on one side, and on the other the feathers...

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By 1912: Henry Williamson Haynes collection; 1912: given to the MFA by the estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes, through Miss Sarah H. Blanchard

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Gift from the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes

Egyptian, Late Period, 664–332 B.C.

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Height x width x depth: 21.1 x 7.0 x 5.1 cm (8.3 x 2.75 x 2 in.)

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The Ancient World


Musical instruments