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Ancient Mesopotamia
Assyria Nineveh
Arslan Tash Til Barsip
Iran Palace of Darius
Phoenicia Arabia Palmyra
Syrian coast
Ougarit Byblos

  The decorated Sistrum
on the head of the goddess Hathor

E 678, E 681

Sully Room 10 4 showcase

Late Period or later
after 664 BC

The rustle of metal discs and metal rods on the inside of a cabinet resonance.

The castanets were associated with the goddess Hathor.

His face with a cow’s ears often decorates the arm.
The name of this musical instrument is used only once in the Scriptures. They stem from a root meaning "to tremble, be shaken" (2 Samuel 6:5). This kind of rattle is still used in Ethiopia during the mass.


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