IRON AGE II, 1000 – 586 BC
Time of the Kings of ancient Israel”
Concave-sided, hollow body, closed on either side end with convex disc, hole of different size on either end.
Length: 9 cm
Diameter: 6.5 cm
Height on stand: 15 cm
Condition: Intact, not repaired and not restored.
Found in Hebron south of Jerusalem, Israel.
Hollow objects containing pebbles or clay pieces are found in Iron Age sites, mainly in tombs. An instrument that was shaken “Rattle” is mentioned as being played during David’s transport of the Ark to Jerusalem (II Sam. 6:50, thereby suggesting that this rattle was a musical instrument of the Iron Age. Rattles are also found in the Late Bronze Age in association with cultic installations; this has probably led to their interpretation as cultic objects in the Iron Age (Paul and Dever 1974:248). However, there is always a possibility that rattles were children toys, just as they are today.