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A sistrum, dated to 1868 *

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What: Sistrum – a percussion instrument used in religious events

Where: The Horniman Museum, 100 London Rd, London SE23 3PQ

The database entry dates it to 1868. It reads: “Tsenatsil, sistrum. The pierced iron frame holds two metal bars from which five jingling plates are suspended. Wooden handle.”

Museum reference number: M24.8.56/123

Provenance: Britain’s Abyssinian Expedition took place in 1867/8

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