krotala or clappers
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 620.
Diameter: 5.8 cm (2 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)
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.
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