Sistrum of the Chantress Tapenu
Third Intermediate Period–Late Period
ca. 1070–343 B.C
Bronze or copper alloy
h. 34 cm (13 3/8 in)
Purchase, Patricia R. Lassalle Gift, 1968
A sistrum is an ancient Egyptian percussion instrument that was shaken during religious ceremonies and when coming into the presence of a deity. It is thought to have imitated the sound of papyrus stalks being shaken, echoing an ancient rite connected with the myth in which the god Horus was raised in secret in a papyrus marsh. The handle of this sistrum is made in the form of the "Bat emblem" which was associated with the goddess Hathor, who was the patroness of music.
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