Pair of Clappers
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Clappers were percussion instruments played by women and used to keep the rhythm in both sacred and secular music. Musicians even played mood music in erotic situations depicted in some tombs. Singing appropriate songs also eased the pains of childbirth. Thus these musical instruments were a valued addition to objects in the tomb, where conception and birth were essential to entering the afterlife.
ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E.
Dynasty 18 (possibly)
6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm)
6 1/16 in. (15.4 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Pair of Clappers, ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E. Bone, pigment, 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 58.28.7a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 58.28.7a-b_PS4.jpg)
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