This is my post No 200. I am really astonished that I have about 300 readers per day worldwide. “Thank You!” for stopping by and visiting my site. “Thank You!” for reading my posts and for your stimulating discussions, which have shown, that I am not the only one who likes to talk about prehistoric times.
For the celebration of this “jubilee”, I show you one of my favorites, an artifact from the late Bronze Age (Lausitz culture; 1300-800 BC.) coming from southern Germany. The artifact is a rattle, which has the shape of a bird with a broad foot. One wing was broken off, and was later restored. The slash-bundle decoration on the back could be interpreted as plumage or wings.
Such rattles could have served as music instruments, for ritual purposes, but also for children’s play. Some bird rattles have been found in children graves and the various interpretations of course are not mutually exclusive.