A tiny golden bell pulled from an ancient sewer beneath the Old City of Jerusalem was shown Sunday by Israeli archaeologists, who hailed it as a rare find. It appears to have been sewn as an ornament onto the clothes of a wealthy resident of the city two millennia ago.
The relic, found last week, is the only such bell to be found in Jerusalem from the Second Temple period, and as such is a rare find.
The Book of Exodus mentions tiny golden bells sewn onto the hem of the robes of Temple priests, along with decorative pomegranates. Those in charge of making the priestly clothes and implements "made bells of pure gold, and attached the bells around the hem of the robe between the pomegranates."