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Sistrum


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Description The sistrum is a musical rattling instrument that was popular in the cult of the goddess Hathor. Called a "seshsehet" in Egyptian, the name imitates the swishing sound the small metal disks made when the instrument was shaken. Priestesses and royal women participating in rituals and ceremonies at temples and shrines played the sistrum. The face of the goddess Hathor is depicted with cow ears on the handle of the rattle.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
4/30/1957Treatmentcleaned
10/24/1991Loan Considerationexamined for loan
2/06/2001Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; repaired
Exhibitions
  • Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
Provenance Maurice Nahman, Cairo and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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Period
ca. 380-250 BCE (Late Period (30th dynasty)-early Ptolemaic Period)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.1207
Measurements
H: 14 5/16 in. (36.3 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)

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