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Sistrum (rattle)

Early Bronze Age III
ca. 2300–2000 B.C.
Central Anatolia
Copper alloy
13.5 x 4.02 in. (34.29 x 10.21 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1955
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 403
By 1953, collection of Hans von Aulock, Istanbul; acquired by the Museum in 1955, purchased from John J. Klejman, New York.
Ozgüç, Tahsin, and Akok, Mahmut. 1958. Horoztepe, an Early Bronze Age Settlement and Cemetery. Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu Basimevi, pl. XVII, 1-3.

Harper, Prudence O. 1960. “The Second Millennium B.C.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 18, p. 255, fig. 13.

Tezcan, Burhan. 1960. "New Finds From Horoztepe," Anatolia V, pp. 34-36, pl. XXII.

Akurgal, Ekrem. 1961. Die Kunst der Hethiter. Munich: Verlag C.H., pl. 12.

Bittel, Kurt. 1976. Les Hittites. Paris: Editions Gallimard, p. 43, fig. 25

Bittel, Kurt. 1976. Die Heithiter. Munich: Verlag C.H., p. 43, fig. 25.

de Jesus, Prentiss S. 1980. The Development of Prehistoric Mining and Metallurgy in Anatolia. BAR International Series 74: Oxford, pl. XVI, 4.

Muscarella, Oscar W. 1988. Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 400, no. 528.

Muscarella, Oscar W. 2003. "Sistrum with horned animals." In Art of the First Cities: The Third Millennium B.C. from the Mediterranean to the Indus, exh. cat. edited by Joan Aruz, with Ronald Wallenfels. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 190, p. 288.
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