Silver replica of a 19th century rattle. The rattle was the first gift to a newly-born. It was believed that the sound the rattle made not only entertained babies but also warded off evil. Rattles were usually made of silver. Their handle, made of either bone or coral, relieved gum pain. The traditional Greek rattle consisted of a number of small bells.
Post-Byzantine & Neo-Hellenic art
5.5 x 4.5 cm
Brooch - Silverchild
Papercraft - Train
Votive offering of a Guardian angel
Rattle consisting of a cylindrical handle