About this object

Clapper in the form of a hand and arm of the type used in Hathor rituals. Pierced at the elbow, detailed armlet and marks on fingers. Broken at the thumb. 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
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1550 - 1069 BC (Dynasty 18 BC - 20) about
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Sir Robert Ludwig Mond, LL.D, F.R.S., F.S.A, 1939
  • Collector
    Robert Ludwig Mond
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1939 before
  • Measurements
    160 mm x 25 mm
  • Related people
    Robert Ludwig Mond (Collector, previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Robert Ludwig Mond

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1939
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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