Grogger (noise maker)
On View In:
Gallery 362
Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   Grogger (noise maker)  
Date:   20th century  
Medium:   Ivory  
Dimensions:   5 3/4 x 6 x 1 1/2 in. (14.61 x 15.24 x 3.81 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Harold and Mickey Smith  
Location:   Gallery 362  

A grogger is a noise maker used during the traditional reading of the Megillah (scroll) Esther during the festival of Purim. During the reading of the story, listeners use the grogger to drown out each mention of the name of Haman, the villian of the story. While this grogger is the usual traditional form, the material is ivory and probably from India or Africa.

Object Description  
Classification:   Judaica  
Physical Description:   ivory noisemaker; extension carved with flowers and crosshatched designs; plexi stand  
Creation Place:   Asia, Middle East or India, , ,  
Accession #:   98.136.15  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts