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Faience Sistrum Inscribed with the Name of Ptolemy I

Ptolemaic Period
305–282 B.C.
From Egypt
H. 26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.); W. 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.); D. 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1950
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Sistra were musical instruments associated especially with the cult of great goddesses, including Hathor, Isis, Bastet, and others. Faience examples bearing a royal name appear to have been temple offerings.

Link to a blog post
Petrified Sound and Digital Color: A Hathor Column in the New Ptolemaic Galleries
Purchased from William Mansoor, New York, 1950.

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