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Naos-Sistrum with Bes-Shaped Handle
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Naos-Sistrum with Bes-Shaped Handle


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description Special instruments were used by priests and priestesses to invoke the deities or to perform rituals before them. One of the most important instruments was the sistrum, a rattle associated with the goddess Hathor. The goddess's face is often incorporated into the sistrum's design, as is, in this example, an image of the god Bes, which serves as the object's handle. Inside of the naos-shaped top is a small cat below the clappers.
Conservation

Examined in preparation for exhibition.

Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969ExaminationExamined
Exhibitions
  • Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
Provenance [Found in Upper Egypt]; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913

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Period
1st-2nd century (Roman)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.493
Measurements
6 15/16 in. (17.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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