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Pair of Ivory Clappers

Period:
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Akhenaten
Date:
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, el-Amarna (Akhetaten); inc. el-Hagg Qandil, King's House at Amarna, Pit south of the pond, EES 1931–2
Medium:
Hippopotamus ivory
Dimensions:
max. L. 21.5; max. h. as resting 2 ; max w. as resting 3.6 cm (8 7/16 x 13/16 x 1 7/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. John Hubbard and Egypt Exploration Society, 1932
Accession Number:
32.5.2a, b
  • Description

    These clappers in the form of human hands were carved from a single hippopotamus tusk that was split in half. Such percussion instruments were used to keep time during dances or as part of a musical ensemble. These examples, however, were found in a miniature coffin at Amarna and seem to have been part of an offering.

  • Provenance

    Excavated at Amarna by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1931-32. Acquired by the EES in the division of finds. Given Jointly by Mrs. John Hubbard (a contributor to the EES) and the EES to the Museum for its contribution to the excavations, 1932.

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