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Sistrum handle inscribed for King Amasis

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This cylindrical handle of pale green faience was originally part of a sistrum, a musical instrument that rattled when shaken. Sistra were sacred to the goddess Hathor, and this handle is surmounted on each side with the head of Hathor. The upper part is now missing and the handle itself has...

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Provenance

By 1936: the Behrens Collection, No. E 206; July 7, 1936: Given to the MFA by Dr. George L. Walton.

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. George L. Walton

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Amasis, 570–526 B.C.

Dimensions

height x width x diameter: 17.8 x 7.5 x 3.5 cm (7 x 2 15/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

36.337

Medium or Technique

Green-glazed faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Religious and cult objects