Handle from a sistrum of pale blue glazed faience. Inscribed with a column of hieroglyphs bearing the cartouches of Ahmose II [Amasis]. Sistra were musical instruments associated with goddesses such as Hathor and Bastet. Faience sistra with royal names may have been votive offerings deposited within temples.
A complete example is within the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, New York (no. 07.228.77).
Formerly in the collection of Hon. Richard Bethell. Purchased at Sotheby's 15/16 December 1924 lot 370. Part of the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum gift of 1971 (ex accession no. 31971).