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Sistrum

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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....

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Provenance

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.

Dimensions

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

1970.572

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Musical instruments, Idiophones