krotala or clappers

Roman
Roman Period


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 620.

Dimensions

Diameter: 5.8 cm (2 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

06.2374

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments, The Ancient World

Classifications

Idiophones

The wooden handles were tied together with some sort of fabric or leather, and the carved section acted like springs, making the instruments into a sort of “tong,” like other clappers. It seems like they would be played with one hand, with the cymbals facing each other.
One castanet has muddy encrustation and a light colored handle. The other has whitish spots and a dark handle.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London. From Egypt.); Anonymous Private Collection; Anonymous gift to MFA, May 10, 1906

Credit Line

Anonymous gift