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Faience temple-shaped sistra. Votive offering to the goddess Hathor by the pharaoh Psammetichus II.

Late period, 26th Dynasty (Psammetichus II).

Faience sistrum in the shape of a temple.There is a hieroglyphic inscription with the cartouche of the pharaoh Psammetichus II on the handle below the bust of the goddess Hathor. Ritual votive percussion instrument in the shape of a temple and bearing an image of the goddess Hathor, who is depicted with a woman’s head and cow’s ears. Missing are the wires with the discs that made sounds when shaken.
The sistrum was a ritual musical instrument, which the cantors and women of high society shook in order to purge and destroy the forces of evil. It was the usual dedication to the goddess Hathor. Its sound, like that of the menit, recalled the sound of the rustling of papyrus in the marshes at the passing of Hathor in the form of a cow.

 
 
 
 
 
     
     
                    
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