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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Terracotta rattle in the form of a pig or boar; wheel-made body with pinched and incised anatomical details; the rattle element is intact inside the body.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 300 BC-50 BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 12.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    For a discussion of the type see Buchholz 1967, 144ff and Lund 2015, 147-9 and with a catalogue of other examples 300-2ff (though omitting GR 1881,8-24.77 and GR 1982,7-29. 89, both from Salamis). Kolotourou 2005 discusses the role of rhythm and percussion in ritual: see esp. 186-7.

    Buchholz H.-G. 1967, 'Tönerne Rasseln aus Zypern', AA 1966, 140-51.

    Kolorourou K. 2005, 'Music and cult: the significance of percussion and the Cypriote connection', in V. Karageorghis et al. (eds), Cyprus: Religion and society from the Late Bronze Age to the end of the Archaic period (Möhnesee-Wamelm), 183-204.

    Lund J. 2015, A study of the circulation of ceramics in Cyprus from the 3rd Century BC to the 3rd Century AD. Gösta Enbom Monographs 5 (Arrhus).


  • Bibliography

    • Lund 2015 cat. 1652, p. 300 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G69/dc8

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


Terracotta rattle in the form of a pig.

Terracotta rattle in the form of a pig.

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