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    Sale 7592

    Four British Collections Including Important Furniture

    5 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 207

    A PAIR OF ENGRAVINGS

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF ENGRAVINGS
    19TH CENTURY
    Depicting sistres, within a parcel-gilt and red-painted moulded frame
    7 x 12½ in. (18 x 32 cm.) [without frame]; 11¼ x 17 in. (28 x 43 cm.) [with frame] (2)


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    Sistres are ritual instruments from Ancient Egypt which were used by priests as musical rattles to appease dangerous deities. A Roman chair dated c. 1782-84, featuring a sistre-carved pierced splat and acquired by the Italian government in 1925, is in the Villa Borghese, Rome.

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