Romano-Egyptian Bonze Sistrum with Cats and Hathor Lot 12 Part of a live auction event on Thursday, Aug 30

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Seller: artemisgallerylive (37) 100%, Location: Louisville, Colorado, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 263887303416 LOT 12Seller's Estimate: USD 11,000 - 16,500 Egypt, Romano-Egyptian period, ca. 30 BCE to 2nd century CE. A beautiful example of a bronze sistrum with rich decoration. It consists of a handle with a small knob that rises to meet a double Hathor head complete with a relief face and elaborate wig. Above her is a tall arch with several cats perched atop its curved top. Similar examples (see below) show a cat seated above the Hathor heads as well. Each side of the arch has four evenly-spaced holes in it, used for placing fixed rods. Size: 2.5" W x 14.95" H (6.4 cm x 38 cm); 15.75" H (40 cm) on included custom stand. The sistrum, meaning "that which is being shaken" in Greek, is a percussive musical instrument, known mostly from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. When shaken, the metal rods within the arch produce a sound that can range from a soft clank to a loud jangling. Some people even hear a sound complementary to that of a hissing snake when the sistrum is played. The sistrum was particularly important for the Egyptian worship of the goddesses Hathor and Bastet. Bastet is often depicted holding one of the instruments, as in this statue at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: You can imagine priestesses playing these, singing, while processing into a temple built to worship these powerful goddesses. See a similar example with the rods intact at the British Museum: Provenance: private Houston, Texas, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #133027 Condition Report: Top of arch is repaired in two places. Also repaired on handle. One side of the Hathor head is missing a small piece that would have given it an opening (as the other side does). The fixed rods that would have spanned the arch are lost. The handle has been repaired just below the Hathor heads. Payment: The buyer is responsible for paying the seller directly after winning the item. Details on accepted payment methods and where to send payment are provided in an invoice from the seller. Shipping: The buyer is responsible for paying all shipping costs and arranging for shipping and delivery with the seller. Additional shipping details from the seller: Auction House will ship, at Buyer's expense For more information see terms and conditions Knowing when to bid: An event can last a few hours. To help figure out when an item will come up for auction, watch the pace of the event and keep in mind that items usually come up in lot order.Fine Antiquities / Asian / Ethnographic Art offered by Artemis Gallery Thursday, August 30, 2018 | 07:00AM GMT-07:00 Louisville, Colorado, USA

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