Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Ceremonial Rattle

Date:
late 19th–early 20th century
Geography:
Cairo?, Egypt
Culture:
Egyptian
Medium:
Gold-washed silver
Dimensions:
Total L. 40.1 cm (16 in.); app. tube Diam. 2 cm (¾ in.)
Classification:
Idiophone-Shaken-jingle
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, by exchange, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.417
Not on view
Rattle of gold-washed silver, hung with small pellet bells and crowned with bird forms. This rattle was shaken during the Zar, a therapeutic ceremony to contact a spirit that possesses a women. Drums are also used during the ceremony which is chiefly practiced in southern Egypt and the Sudan.
Marking: stamped hallmarks on each part
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