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Sistrum (rattle)

Early Bronze Age III
ca. 2300–2000 B.C.
Central Anatolia
Copper alloy
13.5 x 4.02 in. (34.29 x 10.21 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1955
Accession Number:
Not on view
By 1953, collection of Hans von Aulock, Istanbul; acquired by the Museum in 1955, purchased from John J. Klejman, New York.

“Musiques! Échos de l’Antiquité,” Louvre Lens, France, Caixa Foundation, Spain, September 13, 2017–September 16, 2018.

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Harper, Prudence O. 1960. “The Second Millennium B.C.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 18, p. 255, fig. 13.

Tezcan, Burhan. 1960. "New Finds From Horoztepe," Anatolia V, pp. 34-36, pl. XXII.

Akurgal, Ekrem. 1961. Die Kunst der Hethiter. Munich: Verlag C.H., pl. 12.

Bittel, Kurt. 1976. Les Hittites. Paris: Editions Gallimard, p. 43, fig. 25

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