Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Oleg Kalashnikov
Toddler's anklet with bells
Baghdad, Iraq
Mid-20th century
Gold and glazed ceramic
Diam: 5.5 cm
Gift of Yitzhak Sa'at, Jerusalem
Accession number: B69.0485
The ringing of the bells served to keep track of babies who were taking their first steps. The sound was also thought to ward off demons.

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir