Greek Terracotta Rattle in the Shape of a Sheep


A Greek terracotta child’s rattle in the shape of a sheep. The rattle still retains much of the original red and white pigmentation.

Date: Circa 5th Century BC
Condition: Fine condition; some signs of ageing on the surface.


Small pieces of dried clay were placed inside the rattle to produce a ringing sound when shaken. In Ancient Greece, the sound produced by rattles was also intended to ward off evil.

To find out more about polychromy in ancient art, please refer to our relevant article: Polychromy in Ancient Greece

Weight 63.7 g
Dimensions L 8 cm
Pottery and Porcelain



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