A Pair of Israelite Bronze Cymbals, Iron Age II B, ca. 925 – 586 BCE
A Pair of Israelite Bronze Cymbals, Iron Age II B, ca. 925 – 586 BCE
A Pair of Israelite Bronze Cymbals, Iron Age II B, ca. 925 – 586 BCE
A Pair of Israelite Bronze Cymbals, Iron Age II B, ca. 925 – 586 BCE
A Pair of Israelite Bronze Cymbals, Iron Age II B, ca. 925 – 586 BCE

A Pair of Israelite Bronze Cymbals, Iron Age II B, ca. 925 – 586 BCE

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both consist of a circular, flat metal plate with a pierced domed center for threading with a strap handle.

Background: In contrast to the large and thin type of cymbals today, the cymbals of Biblical times were substantially smaller and thicker by comparison. From the artifacts that have been excavated in the Palestine area, there are two basic types of bronze cymbals ranging in size from approximately 1.125" to 2.325" (3-6 cm) for the smaller cymbal, such as these examples, and the larger variety ranging from 3.125" to 4.75" (8-12 cm).

From the limited context within the Scriptures, this type of cymbal is briefly mentioned in 2 Samuel 6:5 and Psalm 150:5, most likely corresponding to the smaller variety of ancient cymbals found on cymbal clappers and the finger cymbals associated with Middle Eastern dance. These smaller cymbals are similar, if not identical, to the finger cymbals worn on the hands of center Eastern dancers today.

Condition: Cymbals are intact and in very good condition overall. Presented on an acrylic custom mount.

Dimensions:  Diameter: 2 3/16 in (5.5 cm)

Provenance: Private collection of Ambassador Morris Draper ( 1928-2005) and Mrs Roberta Hornig Draper ( 1933-2021) acquired in Israel in the 1970s.
Ambassador Morris Draper, was a career diplomat and member of the State Department's Foreign Service for over 35 years. Ambassador Draper served the Department of State and the American people faithfully in diplomatic postings in the Near East, Europe, and East Asia, including as Consul General in Jerusalem and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. He was a key player in the Camp David Peace Accords and the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty of 1979. From 1981-1983, he served as President Reagan's Special Middle East Envoy in negotiations regarding the withdrawal of foreign forces from Lebanon. In many ways our current efforts on behalf of a peaceful, sovereign, independent Lebanon build upon the work Ambassador Draper began over three decades ago.

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