Action Figure Circa 350 BC

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Action Figure Circa 350 BC

Postby Patraw » Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:32 am

I checked out a couple of books on dolls from the local library recently, and both featured the same photo of this Greek articulated figure from 350 BC, which is probably made from clay:

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While I knew there were dolls back then, I was surprised that they had moving parts (knees, but no hips, strikes me as a particularly odd design choice), as I thought that was a more recent evolution in toy design. Also, interestingly, when a Greek girl was to be wed (and I do mean girl, they were often married off in their very early teens), she traditionally "sacrificed" dolls like this one, and other childhood playthings, to the goddess Artemis.
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Re: Action Figure Circa 350 BC

Postby Pock63 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:42 am

I've seen that picture also, if you look through some books on the Aztecs they had jointed dolls on occasion to my favorite being a dog with wheels on it's feet so that you can roll it. :D I'll try to find a picture of it for you,
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Re: Action Figure Circa 350 BC

Postby Pock63 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:51 am

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Re: Action Figure Circa 350 BC

Postby Patraw » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:56 am

That's cool--I wonder if the dog would have had a string tied to it, so that a child could pull it along, or if was just meant to be pushed by hand. I didn't know the Aztecs had jointed dolls too, I'll have to check it out.
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Re: Action Figure Circa 350 BC

Postby Purity » Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:51 am

Wow, that's pretty awesome! I was really surprised to see knee joints too!
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