FOUR (TWO SETS) OF ROMAN BRONZE FINGER CYMBALS
Catalog:Bronze:Roman Art: stock #1299028
c. 2nd-4th Century CE
Each of these small cymbals is circular in form with a flat edge around a central depression. A hole in the top of each cymbal would have originally held a small loop for suspension. Most likely produced from a biodegradable material, this element has not survived the test of time.
In very fine condition with natural patina present.
Similar examples in The Getty Museum, Los Angeles and The British Museum, London.
Diameter: 5.7 cm (2.24 inches)
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One of the world's oldest musical instruments, cymbals were often used in religious festivals in a variety of cultures. They have been found in Roman temple complexes dedicated to Juno, Bacchus and Cybele to name but a few. These examples are small finger cymbals to be worn by a celebrant, however, they can be found in a variety of sizes and forms.