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Bronze sistrum

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From Horoztepe, third millennium BC. A sistrum is a kind of musical instrument, strips of metal would move against the metal frame.

From the Hatti-culture, c. 2200-2000 BC. Height: 25½ cm. Width: 17 cm.

The Hattians were an ancient people who inhabited the ‘Land of Hatti’ (present-day central Anatolia). The group was documented at least as early as the empire of Sargon of Akkad (c. 2300 BC). The Hattians were organised in city-states and small kingdoms or principalities. These cities were well organized and ruled as theocratic principalities, until they were gradually absorbed c.2000–1700 BC by the Indo-European Hittites. The latter became identified with the ‘Land of Hatti’, although they had nothing in common with their precursors, neither ethnographically nor linguistically.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: ‘Museum of Anatolian Civilisations’ (catalogue) & Wikipedia.

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