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Pair of gold rattles

Period:
Archaic
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
East Greek
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Diam.: 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan P. Rosen, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.266.11, .12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
These spools contain small round pellets of gold that rattle. Such rattles are usually found in pairs, and most come from the eastern Mediterranean region. It is not known exactly how they were used.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1992. "One Hundred Twenty-second Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1991 through June 30, 1992." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 122: p. 37.

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