Hathor-headed sistrum decorated with cats - ROM2018_16159_42


Hathor-headed sistrum decorated with cats

Medium:Bronze, cast
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 664-332 BC
Period: 26th-30th Dynasty, Late Period
23.8 × 3.5 × 3 cm
Object number: 971.165.35
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThis simple musical instrument is lacking the cross-bars and pieces of metal that would have made it into a rattle.   Such 'rattles' were sacred to the goddess Hathor, and also involved in ceremonies for Isis and Bastet.  In this case, there is a well preserved image of Hathor at the top of the handle. They were used in temple ceremonies to imitate the sound of the wind through reeds.
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