Ṣanāṣel (sistrum)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 681

Traces of ancient Egyptian musical traditions are retained in the chants of the Ethiopian Coptic Church. For example, the s.anās.el’s shape and proportions and its use with drums, unusual for Christian worship, harken back to musical practices in Egypt.

Ṣanāṣel (sistrum), Silver-plated brass, Ethiopia

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