Master of Arts
Ancient Egyptian Art & Culture
The object of this study is a loop sistrum (Accession Number: 1994.4.26) in the Egyptian Collection of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, a musical instrument used in cultic practice from the New Kingdom to the Roman Period (1539 BCE - 646 CE). During the Summer of 2016, 3-D imaging of the object revealed a lack of definition in the details of its manufacture. This observation, combined with the object's undocumented provenience prior to its purchase by private collector, Glenn White, has called the authenticity of the instrument into question. To evaluate the object this thesis employs a stylistic comparison of the object to provienienced examples, an examination of the method of manufacture and corrosion products on the object, and testing by means of portable Xray Fluorescence (pXRF). The combined results of these analyses lead the author to a conclusion that the instrument is authentic.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Suddreth, Rachel Joy, "A Study of the Loop Sistrum (Accession Number: 1994.4.26) at the University of Memphis" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1977.