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Sistrum
Date Made/Found: 380-343 BC
Collector: Collected by Reverend Greville John Chester , British, 1830 - 1892
Donor: Reverend Greville John Chester , British, 1830 - 1892
Material and Medium: Faience
Dimensions: Height 60mm, width 50mm, depth 26mm
Place Object Found: Egypt
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J29.9.77.15
This is a fragment of an ancient Egyptian sistrum. A sistrum was a type of rattle used in religious worship. As with this one, they often featured the goddess Hathor. She was the goddess of music, dancing, motherhood and love. She is usually shown with large cow ears.

The ancient Egyptians added more and more gods to their religion over time until they worshipped more than 2000 gods. A small number were worshipped across the whole country throughout the centuries. The most important was the sun-god Ra, or Amun-Ra. He was the king of the gods and under him were other gods including Osiris, Isis, Horus and Anubis. Some gods were only worshipped in local temples or people’s homes.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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