Egyptian sistrum

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Egyptian sistrum

This is a sistrum, a rattle used in religious ceremonies, in the form of the Egyptian goddess Isis. It was discovered in 1833 and for many years was thought to provide evidence for Exeter's townspeople adopting Egyptian religion. However, like many other archaeological objects recorded around this time, it is now thought to have been a hoax. It was probably brought to Exeter by a private collector of ancient objects.