Dolls have been a part of our history for thousands of years, even dating back to 2000 B.C. Artifacts of wooden paddle dolls have been recovered from ancient tombs. Some have removable clothing and movable arms and legs, and can be dated as far back as 200 B.C. Greek dolls were made of clay and moved at the shoulders and hips. In Rome, they created figures which consisted of different materials such as clay, bone, wax, ivory, stone, leather, etc… Roman rag dolls were said to be played with by children as far back as 300 BC. According to archaeological statements, dolls are the oldest known toy ラブドール .
Throughout the ages, there have been spiritual figures used in some cultures such as those in Africa to perform religious rituals and to teach and entertain people. Throughout generations, akuaba dolls have been traditionally handed down from mother to daughter. In Ghana, they are wooden and are used during rituals to promote fertility. The traditional ones are used as a source of entertainment and for teaching tools in different parts of Africa.
Figures from Japan date back as far as 300-600 A.D. Japan has an annual festival during Hinamatsuri; in which China dolls are displayed.They are round-shaped with white faces, called daruma dolls, and wooden kokeshi ones which are cylindrical in shape and possess a large head. There are many from different countries which tell a story about rituals and history. Matryoshka are famous dolls made in Russia. They are a group of brightly-coloured ones which are made of wood and uniquely nest inside of each other. The smaller piece always looks like a baby.
North American Tribes made dolls also. They were made of dried leaves or from corn husks. Early European settlers in the U.S.A. continued the art of making them of corn husks. Wooden figures from all over Europe have been created. Many of them are set in Nativity Scenes to represent the birth of Christ. During the 18th and 19th century, porcelain, wax, and leather were other materials used to make those lovely figures. During the Victorian Era, the eyes of Victorian dolls changed from brown to blue to match the colour of Queen Victoria’s eyes. Queen Victoria was the reigning Queen of England between 1937-1901. Victorian Dolls are usually adorned in beautiful dresses, accented by lovely-looking jewellery. They are often shown holding a pretty parasol made of silk or satin, complimented with lace and beautiful looking ribbon. I am extremely drawn to Victorian Dolls because of their beauty and sophistication.