Late Period, Dynasty 26–30
Height x width x length: 44.5 x 14.5 x 10 cm (17 1/2 x 5 11/16 x 3 15/16 in.) (c/ base)
Medium or Technique
Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)
Sistrum (ceremonial rattle) with handle surmounted by Hathor heads. The loop is fitted with three copper rods supporting tiny metal disks (now restored). Details of the wig and broad collar are incised. Hathor’s shoulders are surmounted by cobras wearing the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt. Within the loop is another rearing cobra wearing a winged sun disk. On the sides of the loop are images of the goddess Mut, Mistress of Ishru shaking sistra before Amen-Re, who is portrayed as a recumbent ram. On the handle is an offering formula.
Inscriptions suggests that it came from Karnak. By 1970, with Ernst E. Kofler, Lucerne, Switzerland; purchased by the MFA from Ernst E. Kofler December 16, 1970.
(Accession Date: December 16, 1970)
Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund