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Bronze Sistrum Handle Top - FZ.025
Origin: Gaza, Palestine
Circa: 600 BC to 700 BC
Dimensions: 2" (5.1cm) high x 1.75" (4.4cm) wide
Catalogue: V1
Collection: Egyptian
Style: Saite Period
Medium: Bronze

Additional Information: HK
Location: UAE
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The sistrum was a musical rattle associated with the cult of Isis. This exquisite fragment would have fit above the handle and connected to the looped support for the horizontal clapper bars. The gentle face of the nurturing goddess Hathor--identified by her cow's ears--smiles out at us serenely. If we close our eyes, we can perhaps hear the rhythmic beat of a thousand such instruments, filling the cool air of some long ago evening. Hathor, in ancient Egyptian religion, goddess of the sky, of women, and of fertility and love. Hathor's worship originated in early dynastic times (3rd millennium bce). ... In her cult centre at Dandarah in Upper Egypt, she was worshipped with Horus. Hathor was one of several goddesses believed to assist deceased souls in the afterlife. ... Because the sky goddess—either Nut or Hathor—assisted Ra in his daily rebirth, she had an important part in Egyptian afterlife beliefs, according to which deceased humans were reborn like the sun god. Hathor possesses the ability to manipulate any man or woman, whether they be mortal, god or beast to do her bidding. When she uses such an ability, her eyes will glow a brief gold and she will say "I command you - (FZ.025)


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