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Pair of gold rattles

6th century B.C.
East Greek
H.: 5/8 in. (1.6 cm) Diam.: 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Bothmer Purchase Fund, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.11.8, .9
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.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1986. "One Hundred Sixteenth Annual report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1985 through June 30, 1986." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 116: p. 29.

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