Toys, Companions of a Child's Fantasy

A Timeline

Ancient Dolls 

Egyptian paddle-shaped dolls of 2000 BC
    The Egyptian paddle-shaped doll has the following features.
  • Patterned clothing
  • Hair made of clay pellets
  • Almost modern stylized shape
  • Originally associated with children and thought to be toys

Egyptian wooden doll; 12th Dynasty
    Information related to this wooden Egyptian doll.
  • Arms are jointed at the shoulder
  • Made one hundred years or so later than the paddle dolls
  • Arms move similar to children's dolls of later years

Jointed terracotta doll from Greece, 5th century BC
    Many Greek clay dolls have been discovered at Greek temples.
  • Details were added to these dolls with paint
  • This doll is a tall slim girl with hair in a top knot
  • These dolls sometimes held a clapper or cymbal in their hands

Greek Rag Doll

This jointed wooden doll belonged to a girl in 1st-century Rome
    One fine example of ancient dolls is this oak jointed doll.
  • This doll has joints at the shoulders, hips, elbows and knees
  • Body of this doll is as carefully modeled as its face
  • This doll belonged to a 14 year old girl who died before marriage

Ancient Toys Doll Houses
Dolls of this Century
 Toys in the Middle Ages Paper Dolls
Toys During the Renaissance Dolls of the 1800s
Teddy Bears The History of Toys
 Toys of the Twentieth Century Toys in Works of Art

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