Action Figure Circa 350 BC
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Action Figure Circa 350 BC

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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:



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.

Posted by Patraw
on Saturday, August 24, 2013
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Purity -
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Wow, that's pretty awesome! I was really surprised to see knee joints too!
Patraw -
Monday, August 26, 2013
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.
pock63 -
Saturday, August 24, 2013
pock63 -
Saturday, August 24, 2013
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. I'll try to find a picture of it for you,
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