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Glazed bead: E.131.1921

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Current Location: Gallery 24


Glazed bead




Faience amulet in the form of a rattle or sistrum, handle missing.

Faience amulet in the form of a sistrum- a traditional Egyptian rattle that was decorated with the head of Hathor at the top of the handle and showed a shrine with a cobra. Bars would be placed through this model shrine and would make a noise when shaken. The amulet was therefore associated with the goddess Hathor,. Hathor was often honoured by women and seen as a fertility god as well as one who would lead women through to the afterlife in the form of Hathor of the West. This connection also represents rebirth in the afterlife. From grave 1101 in the Sanam cemtery. The handle in this case is missing.

Measurements and weight

Height: 0.02 m

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1921) by Oxford Expedition to Nubia (1912-13)


Production date: circa 750 BC

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.131.1921
Primary reference Number: 52149
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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