• The Queen Shakes the Sistrum While The King Offers The Sacrifice
    The Queen Shakes the Sistrum While The King Offers The Sacrifice
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sistrum (Mus) An instrument consisting of a thin metal frame, through which passed a number of metal rods, and furnished with a handle by which it was shaken and made to rattle. It was peculiarly Egyptian, and used especially in the worship of Isis. It is still used in Nubia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sistrum A musical instrument much used in ancient Egypt and other Oriental countries. It was a form of rattle, consisting of an oval frame or rim of metal carrying several rods, which were either loose or fitted with loose rings. In either case the sound was produced by shaking, so that the rods might rattle or jingle. It was an attribute of the worship of Isis, and hence was commonly ornamented with a figure of the sacred cat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sistrum sis′trum a form of rattle used in ancient Egypt in connection with the worship of Isis.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. , from to shake


In literature:

Her naked arms were bare of ornament, and in her right hand she held the jewelled sistrum set with its gems and bells.
"Ayesha" by H. Rider Haggard
Tachot seemed to notice this, for she raised her eyes from the sistrum and looked kindly and gratefully at the crowd.
"An Egyptian Princess, Complete" by Georg Ebers
It is in fact a sistrum, in which the regular proportions of the parts are disregarded.
"Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt" by Gaston Camille Charles Maspero
The sistrum was, properly speaking, not considered a musical instrument at all.
"Critical & Historical Essays" by Edward MacDowell
The goddess Bast is depicted with a cat's head, holding the sistrum, i.e.
"Animal Ghosts" by Elliott O'Donnell
One evening, standing with the sistrum in my hand, I was coaxing Greek sailors to dance.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
One like a sistrum, the Egyptian musical instrument.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Among these were the sistrum, trumpet, double flute, and others.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Steps led up to the altar, and upon them were disposed young priests and priestesses with tympani and sistrums, with flutes and tabours.
"Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity" by Alexandre Kuprin
He brought a horse in his right hand, a sistrum in his left, a sistrum of gold and lapis lazuli.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 13" by Various
And at every pause was heard the sound of the sistrums, of cymbals, of tabors, of psalteries, of bagpipes, harps, and sackbuts.
"Voltaire's Romances" by François-Marie Arouet
I may not sing: only the sistrum may sound to-night.
"The Tour" by Louis Couperus
Figures 70, 71, represent the shape of the sistrum of Isis, the fruit of the fig, and the yoni.
"Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism With an Essay on Baal Worship, On The Assyrian Sacred "Grove," And Other" by Thomas Inman John Newton
Whole nights were spent sitting in the temple amid the rattling of the sistrum.
"The Conflict of Religions in the Early Roman Empire" by T. R. Glover
The fiddle has four strings, as the sistrum had four bars.
"The Grotesque in Church Art" by T. Tindall Wildridge

In news:

Sistrum has something else to sing about these days.