Sistrum of Ahmose II

Handle from a sistrum of pale blue glazed faience. Inscribed with a column of hieroglyphs bearing the cartouches of King Ahmose II [Amasis] of the 26th Dynasty, considered to be the last great ruler of Egypt before the Persian conquest. 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.