These clappers in the form of human hands were carved from a single hippopotamus tusk that was split in half. Such percussion instruments were used to keep time during dances or as part of a musical ensemble. These examples, however, were found in a miniature coffin at Amarna and seem to have been part of an offering.
Excavated at Amarna by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1931-32. Acquired by the EES in the division of finds. Given jointly by Mrs. John Hubbard (a contributor to the EES) and the EES to the Museum for its contribution to the excavations, 1932.