Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Sistrum (rattle), 1st–3rd century a.d.
    Roman
    Bronze

    5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
    Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1897 (97.22.2)

    The sistrum was used during religious ceremonies to ward off evil spirits with its jingling noise. It was particularly necessary in the observance of mystery cults such as the worship of Isis, and statues of the goddess often depict her holding a sistrum.

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    Sistrum (rattle), 1st–3rd century a.d.
    Roman
    Bronze

    5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
    Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1897 (97.22.2)


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