Upper Part of Sistrum
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
A sistrum is a musical instrument similar to a rattle. Sistra were played by priests and priestesses during funerals and other religious rituals. However, this example, made from faience, would not have been played in this world. Rather, it was placed in the tomb for use in the afterlife.
664-525 B.C.E. or later
Dynasty 26, or later
8 1/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 1/4 in. (20.5 x 4.9 x 3.2 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Green-glazed faience sistrum. The column-shaped handle terminates in a double Hathor head (human with cow's ears and wearing a plain lappet wig) supporting a shrine-shaped rattle. The rattle is pierced by three pairs of holes, but the vibrating elements are missing.
This item is not on view
Upper Part of Sistrum, 664-525 B.C.E. or later. Faience, 8 1/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 1/4 in. (20.5 x 4.9 x 3.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.321E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.321E_PS2.jpg)
overall, 37.321E_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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