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Bronze sistrum (rattle)

Date:
1st–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Length: 5 1/4 in., Weight: 1.6oz. (13.3 cm, 45g)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1897
Accession Number:
97.22.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
The sistrum was used during religious ceremonies to ward off evil spirits with its jingling noise. It was particularly necessary in the observance of mystery cults such as the worship of Isis, and statues of the goddess often depict her holding a sistrum.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 1777, p. 454, New York: Gilliss Press.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. p. 14, fig. 17, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. p. 14, fig. 17, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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