Pair of bronze cymbals

Period: Classical

Date: 5th–4th century B.C.

Culture: Greek, Peloponnesian

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: Diam.: 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1913

Accession Number: 13.225.5a, b


Cymbals were a favorite instrument of the Greeks, especially in religious ceremonies of an ecstatic character, such as were practiced in the worship of Demeter, Dionysos, and Cybele. The handles of these cymbals are missing, but pieces of their loop attachments are preserved.