Sistrum

Egyptian
Late Period
664–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 21.1 x 7.0 x 5.1 cm (8.3 x 2.75 x 2 in.)

Accession Number

12.680

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments, The Ancient World

Classifications

Musical instruments

Bronze sistrum or sacred rattle used to invoke the gods during temple ritual. Only two of the bronze pins that would have held the rattling metal disks remain. The ornament at top is broken away. Handle decorated with the double crown of Egypt in relief on one side, and on the other the feathers of Maat, goddess of truth.

Provenance

By 1912: Henry Williamson Haynes collection; 1912: given to the MFA by the estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes, through Miss Sarah H. Blanchard

Credit Line

Gift from the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes