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AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE HATHOR SISTRUM FRAGMENT

AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE HATHOR SISTRUM FRAGMENT


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Faience: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1303559
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A fine faience double-sided Hathor head, from a sistrum handle. Depicting Hathor with bovine ears and a cobra on each side. Late Period, 600-400 B.C. 1 1/2 inches high X 1 1/2 inches wide. Intact as shown with remains of glaze. From an old Belgian private collection, collected in the 1970s. One of the main cult objects associated with Hathor was the sistrum, a musical rattle. Its name is derived from the Greek, seiein, meaning "to shake". Music and dance were part of the worship of Hathor. She was also the goddess of love, music and beauty.