The Crotale is a kind of castagnette in the form of a fork, one of the branches of which, moving thanks to a hinge, struck the other when the instrument was shaken. Used in pairs, the rattlesnakes were mainly used in ceremonies dedicated to Cybèle, goddess of nature, fertility and to accompany the dance.
This figurine, represented bouncing on one leg, sketches a dance step. She wears a short "chiton" with a double belt, stopping above her knee (this garment was used by everyone on feast days); she is topped with a "calathiscos".
The original of this statuette still has traces of polychrome; because of its fragility, it could not be moulded. The proofs put up for sale come from the moulding of a copy made by Pierre Courbin in 1936.
Reproduction in patinated resin.
Dimensions with base.
Height: 20 cm.
Length: 11 cm.
Depth: 7 cm.
Weight: 0,5 kg.
Period: 2nd half of the 4th century BC, Attic Art.
Museum: Paris - Museum of the Louvre.