About this object

Ivory clapper in the form of a right hand of the type used in Hathor rituals. Incised detail on the fingers, thumb and wrist. Cross hatching at the wrist for a braclet and pierced at elbow. Tip of the thumb is missing. Clappers or hand wands such as this one were used by dancers who clapped them together. They also had protective significance as the noise produced by clacking the wands together was believed to keep evil spirits away during critical moments such as childbirth or puberty rituals. Their protective power also accompanied the ritual renewal of the king’s vigour during the Heb Sed Festival and assisted in the rebirth of a deceased person into the afterlife.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Music/sound
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom - New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1985 BC - 1069 BC (Dynasty 12 BC - 20) about
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    William Birkbeck
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1870
  • Measurements
    160 mm x 25 mm
  • Related people
    Susan Birkbeck (Collector, previous owner); William Birkbeck (Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1914
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Susan Birkbeck

    Owned from: 1897
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1914
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • William Birkbeck

    Owned from: 1870
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1897
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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