Sistrum handle


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Bronze handle of an ancient Egyptian music instrument, a sistrum.

Showing the head of the Goddess Hathor.

Price: € 950,--

Size: 13 cm

Period: 332–30 B.C.E.

Material: Bronze

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  • The human face with cow’s ears and horns on the sistrum’s handle represents the goddess Hathor, who personifies heaven and motherhood. The pairs of holes originally held rods with metal disks or squares that produced sound when shaken. Egyptian myths suggest that enraged gods and goddesses became pacified at hearing the sounds of the sistrum. As a symbol of Hathor appeased, the sistrum came to be used in rituals and ceremonies for Hathor, Bastet, and other deities.