The rattle or zing-zing was the first real toy that a Greek or Roman baby would receive. Made of terracotta or metal, it contained small grains, pebbles or coins and when shaken made a sound meant to distract and get babies’ attention or calm them down. It has also been ascribed a sacred purpose, since it seems it would have also served to ward off evil spirits as a talisman or amulet. The shape of these objects could vary. There were some shaped like an animal, while others, like this one, were formed by two disks joined together.