About this object

Priestesses used musical instruments like this bronze sistrum in temple rituals to accompany singing and dancing. A sistrum was a hand held instrument with discs threaded onto rods, which sounded a bit like a rattle. The rods with discs that passed through the arched loop are now mostly missing. On the top is a figure of a cat suckling her kittens.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Music/sound
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 332 BC
  • Materials
    Bronze
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1852 before
  • Measurements
    250 mm x 50 mm x 35 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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