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A 4th century figurine from ancient Greece depicting a dancer with crotalum instruments. This reproduction measures 20cm tall.
The crotale is a small cymbal instrument known as 'krotalon' in Greek and 'crotalum' in Latin. It consists of a disc fixed on a hinge so that it hits the other when the instrument is shaken. Crotales were used in pairs, mainly during ceremonies devoted to Cybele, the goddess of nature and fertility, or to accompany dancing - as shown here.
This figurine hopping on one leg is shown performing a dance step. She wears a short double-belted chiton (a long tunic worn by everyone on feast days), which falls to above the knees and she has a calathiscos (a vase-shaped basket) on her head.
The original of this statuette still has traces of colour. A cast could not be made of it as it is too fragile. This models is cast from a copy made by Pierre Courbin in 1936.