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Pair of gold rattles

6th century B.C.
East Greek
H. 1 1/16 in. (2.8 cm) diameter 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Bothmer Purchase Fund, Rogers Fund, David L. Klein Jr. Memorial Foundation Inc. and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Fried Gifts, and David Tunick Gift, in memory of his daughter, Allison Hope Tunick, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.11.11, .12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
These spools contain small round pellets of gold that rattle. Such rattles are usually found in pairs, and most come from the eastern Mediterranean region. It is not known exactly how they were used.
Mertens, Joan R. 1981. Notable Acquisitions 1980-1981. p. 11, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1981. "One Hundred Eleventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1980 through June 30, 1981." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 111: p. 37.

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