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.