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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.
MEDIUM Bone, pigment
DATES ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty (possibly)
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 6 1/8 in. (15.6 cm) 6 1/16 in. (15.4 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 58.28.7a-b
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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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 <em>Pair of Clappers</em>, 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)