Mother of the Gods.
The sistrum's metallic ringing has been cleansing and purifying sacred space for thousands of years.
The heavenly womb, Hathor brought forth in primeval time herself, never having been created. She is older than the earliest Egyptian dynasties. Her temples served as birthing rooms, decorated with images of the seven frame drum and sistrum playing Hathors who brought blessed souls to newborns. These deities conferred their protection upon the newborn child. During childbirth, a woman would recite spells to call on Hathor, the goddess of fertility and motherhood, in order to protect her newborn child. Birth was not just a physical event, but a supercharged magical and religious time. Ancient Egyptians equated the birth of a child to the birth of the sun on the eastern horizon.
[Egypt, 300 B.C.E.]
12 1/2" resin sistrum with metal jingles, faience blue color finish. #HS