Sistrum Handle

Egyptian Maker
Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305–30 BC Date:
Egyptian faience Medium
1 ¾ x 1 ¼ x ¾ Dimensions
Gift of Sarah Paine Potter Credit
1934.4.7 Accession number
The appearance of an oval cartouche on the handle signifies the name of a king or queen. The sistrum, a musical rattle used in religious ceremonies, produces a rhythmic sound when shaken. The missing part at top would have been shaped as a long hollow oval, through which rods were loosely inserted to produce the distinctive sound.
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