Showing results

Hide images


Model arched sistrum: plastered and painted. The arch is made of palm, and was orginially covered with a thin, yellowish plaster, some of which survives; the ends of the arch are joined to the rest of the model with a push-fit. The single Hathor head is crudely modelled and has been outlined with red paint over the plaster. The brow is surmounted with a stylized fringe in black paint, and the corners of the mouth are likewise painted in black. The handle has three rings of red paint and has been carved at the back to a sharp point.

  • Maker:
  • Collection:
    British Museum
  • Inventory number:
  • Place of production:
  • Culture:
  • Period:
  • Materials:
  • Specific materials/techniques:
  • Decorative elements:
  • Inscriptions:
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:
  • Repository:British Museum