User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.


Start collecting

Sistrum (ceremonial rattle) with handle surmounted by Hathor heads. The loop is fitted with three copper rods supporting tiny metal disks (now restored). Details of the wig and broad collar are incised. Hathor's shoulders are surmounted by cobras wearing the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt....

Show Full Description


Inscriptions suggests that it came from Karnak. By 1970, with Ernst E. Kofler, Lucerne, Switzerland; purchased by the MFA from Ernst E. Kofler December 16, 1970. (Accession Date: December 16, 1970)

Credit Line

Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26–30, 664–332 B.C.


Height x width x length: 44.5 x 14.5 x 10 cm (17 1/2 x 5 11/16 x 3 15/16 in.) (c/ base)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Musical instruments, Idiophones