Pair of clappers

Middle Kingdom

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Clappers are among the earliest percussion instruments in ancient Egypt. This pair of clappers, straight and shaped like a pair of hands and forearms, belongs to a type that was most commonly used in the Middle Kingdom. The fingers, fingernails, and joints are all indicated by incised lines; a broad bracelet adorns each wrist. The roundel ornaments decorating the forearms are typical of Middle Kingdom clappers, but their significance is unclear. The striking sides are flat and undecorated.

Pair of clappers, Hippopotamus ivory

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