Late Bronze Age; c. 1550-1200 BC
This biconvex rattle is topped with a loop handle and is decorated with a white slip and red painted decoration.
An excellent example, small hole on bottom of rattle, otherwise in museum condition.
12 x 9 cm (4.72 x 3.54 inches)
Certificate of Authenticity and Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority Included.
Yoakim Braun, “Music in Ancient Israel/Palestine: Archaeological, Written and Comparative Sources” (Cambridge: 2002)
While the decoration of this piece is clearly influenced by imported wares the style of the rattle itself is typical of those found throughout the Holy Land. Sometimes called a “fruit shaped” rattle it is perhaps reminiscent of the original gourds to make some of the earliest rattles.
Rattles similar to the one depicted was often used in the ancient Levant for cultic ceremonies and rituals. So enduring were these objects that they can be found in excavations ranging from the Third Millennium BC to the 1st Century BC.