Clapper, Ivory

Clapper

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12, late–13
Date:
ca. 1850–1750 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, cemetery west of the tomb of Senwosret (758), Pit 771, fill, MMA excavations, 1906–07
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
L. 21.4 cm (8 7/16 in.); W. 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.); Th. 0.8 cm (5/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.151.622
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 684
Clappers are among the earliest percussion instruments in ancient Egypt. This clapper is shaped like a forearm and hand; a bracelet adorns the wrist. Clappers were used in all activities featuring music or singing, such as banquets, funerary processions, and rituals.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 247.