Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Electrum bobbin or rattle

Period:
Archaic
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Electrum
Dimensions:
diameter 7/16 in. (1.1 cm)
width 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.3589
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Some of these objects contain pellets so they rattle when moved. While they have been variously identified as ear spools, sistra, and rattles, there is no certainty about their function.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 3589, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 329, pp. 195, 197, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Related Objects

Electrum bobbin or rattle

Artist: Date: 6th century B.C.
Accession Number: 74.51.3590
Date: 6th century B.C. Medium: Electrum Accession: 74.51.3590 On view in:Gallery 156

Electrum earring with lobes and rosettes

Artist: Date: 6th century B.C.
Accession Number: 74.51.3249
Date: 6th century B.C. Medium: Electrum Accession: 74.51.3249 On view in:Gallery 171

Gold stater

Artist: Date: ca. 323/2–315 B.C.
Accession Number: 05.44.384
Date: ca. 323/2–315 B.C. Medium: Gold Accession: 05.44.384 On view in:Gallery 158

Gold and copper alloy spiral earring with lion-griffin head terminal

Artist: Date: 1st half of the 4th century B.C.
Accession Number: 74.51.3370
Date: 1st half of the 4th century B.C. Medium: Gold Accession: 74.51.3370 On view in:Gallery 176

Pair of gold armbands

Artist: Date: ca. 200 B.C.
Accession Number: 56.11.5, .6
Date: ca. 200 B.C. Medium: Gold Accession: 56.11.5, .6 On view in:Gallery 163