Child rattles

Material: Clay
Provenance: Cyprus
Date: Late Cypriot I (1600-1450 BC)
Dimensions: [11956] «eight: 14.2 cm, [11957] «eight: 8.9 cm, [11958] «eight: 9.4 cm.
Exhibition place: Room 64, inv. no. 11956, 11957, 11958.

These child rattles in the shape of an owl or a cat offer a tender note of the everyday life in Prehistoric Cyprus. The body is oval-shaped with a high handle from top to bottom. Eyes are indicated by two holes. The interior contains metal accessories (little balls?) that produce a sound with the movement of the item.

The specific rattles belong to the White Slip VI pottery, typical of the Late Cypriot period, with reddish brown, brown and black lines, dull or shiny, over a whitish slip.

Animal-shaped rattles are mainly known from Cyprus as well as from other sites of the Eastern Mediterranean. Some of the known examples have been discovered in tombs and probably had the same use with their modern counterparts.

¬ibliography: Karagiorghis, V., Ancient Cypriot Art in the National Archaeological Museum A.G. Leventis Foundation, Kapon editions, 2003, 49-50. Karageorghis, V., Olenik, Y., The Potter's Art of Ancient Cyprus in the Collection of the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv 1997.

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