About this object

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: “A Fragment of a Kohl Tube, of yellow faience, on which is inscribed “The Great Royal Wife,” ANKH.S.EN.AMEN (Queen of TUT.ANKH.AMEN); part of a Handle, with the name of Queen SAT.AMEN (?), in pale blue inlaid in violet; another, with the prenomen of HOR.EM.HEB, white in violet; and a Handle, of pale blue faience incised with the prenomen and nomen of AAHMES.SA.NEITH; XVIII and XXVI dynasties (4)” (1924 p. 36).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Musical Instruments
  • Culture
    Late Period (Saite)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    570 BC - 526 BC about
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Richard Bethell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1924 before
  • Measurements
    63 mm x 23 mm
  • Related people
    Richard Bethell (Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1924-12-16
    How acquired: From Henry Solomon Wellcome
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Solomon Wellcome

    Owned from: 1924-12-16
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1936-06-25
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Richard Bethell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1924-12-16
    Disposal method: Sold
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