Greek Terracotta Piglet Rattle


An Ancient Greek child’s rattle made from terracotta in the shape of a piglet. The facial and anatomical features have been carefully rendered displaying big, round eye, a short nose, curled ears and a tiny round tail. The pig stands on four splayed feet, a hole has been drilled to the top.

Date: Circa 5th Century BC
Condition: Good, some earthly encrustations remain on the surface.


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Ancient rattles came in a variety of animals and materials, like clay, wood or bronze. Such items were also meant to protect the child, with the rattling sound intended to ward off evil. Pigs were often sacrificed to claim protection for children and their families. Many of these rattles have also been found in graves, since children were often buried with their toys, and in some cases their real pets.

Weight 314 g
Dimensions L 15.5 x H 8.7 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum, item number 1926,0419.4