Archaeological Collection

The rattles

The rattles
Item name:The rattles
Dating:2700–2400 BC
Findspot:Ig – Dežman pile-dwelling sites
On display:The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads


Sounds from prehistory. The rattles found at Dežman pile-dwelling sites are musical instruments, presumably used as children’s toys. Two of them are shaped like animal figurines, possibly an owl (left) and either a bird or hedgehog (bottom), while the third one has a biconical shape. Cords were inserted into the holes at the side.


1. Zoomorphic rattle (in the shape of an owl?), clay, h. 6 cm, Inv. No. B 1127.
2. Biconical rattle, clay, l. 8.8 cm, diam. 4.4 cm, Inv. No. B 1125.
3. Ovoid rattle, clay, l. 4.4 cm, w. 3 cm, Inv. No. B 1126.

Further reading

Turk, Peter and Turk, Matija, 2019: The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads, Ljubljana, Fig. 166, pp. 128, 245.

On display in the Permanent Exhibition