What is the sound of two tusks clapping? Carved from a hippopotamus tusk, this pair of human hands was designed as a musical instrument, an ancestor of the modern claves. Clapped together as a rhythm instrument, the tusks would have accompanied an Egyptian orchestra of harps, pipes, lyres, and lutes. The noise of the clappers helped drive away hostile spirits, keeping celebrations joyful. Check them out in person in Gallery 254, and find out more about this ancient instrument with Art Stories! Art Stories invites you into interactive, in-depth explorations of Mia’s highlights and hidden gems—from intriguing details to secret backstories: http://bit.ly/2JI30wR
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Ancient Egyptian (Egypt, Africa). “Pair of clappers,” 1550–1292 BCE, Hippopotamus ivory. The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund, 2012.64a,b.
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