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Electrum bobbin or rattle

Period:
Archaic
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Electrum
Dimensions:
diameter 15/16 in. (2.4 cm) width 7/16 in. (1.1 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.3590
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Some of these objects contain pellets so they rattle when moved. While they have been variously identified as ear spools, sistra, and rattles, there is no certainty about their function.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 3590, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 329, pp. 195, 197, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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