Coptic Sistrum Rattle, Ethiopia
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Description of Significance:
Sistra, which are rhythmical instruments, are primarily used to accompany other instruments during religious rites and festivals. In the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the sistrum has been a significant liturgical instrument for centuries. It is currently played by the debtera, who are cantors, during dances performed on important church festivals. This is an antique piece collected in Lalibela.
- Handcrafted for religious use in Ethiopia.
- Depth including the base: 2.5"
- Width including the base: 3"
- Height including the base: 11.5"
- Copper alloy
- Metal details
- The piece includes the wooden base seen in the photos.
About Antique African Art:
Hemingway Gallery regards antique African art as the best artistic expression of aesthetic beauty and storytelling throughout the known history of art. Aside from artistic taste, African art accrues value in different ways than other genres, including use in ceremonial settings as well as age. 50 years can be regarded as old or antique when it comes to wood masks and totems. Hemingway Gallery provides both authoritative insight and context into each artifact in the collection, possessing and readily exhibiting direct, intimate knowledge of the source and pedigree. The goal is to preserve and curate one-of-a-kind artifacts of importance while creating a platform for the acquisition of spectacular unique pieces within financial reach.
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