Doll – children’s toy or sacred symbol
The history of the ancestors of all modern dolls totals neither more nor less, but more than 30 thousand years! One of such artifacts made of mammoth bone, the oldest doll, was found on the territory of modern Czechoslovakia and its approximate age was 30-35 thousand years. The Egyptian figures in the form of a silhouette of a man with filament hair decorated with beads found in tombs are much shorter years – only 3.5-4 thousand. The meaning has changed, but not the content of Metamorphoses that have occurred with dolls over the centuries is not so amazing as it might seem at first glance. For example, the popular resource http://www.e-katalog.ru/m514.htm presents an amazing collection of modern dolls – the images of the heroes of famous cartoons, dolls and more. Outwardly, of course, they differ from ancient dolls, but not so much – shapes, outfits, hairstyles, but the essence remains – the dolls imitate, copy and duplicate living beings, embody the nature of their prototype. The difference between these new dolls and the ones that started it all becomes apparent when you delve a little into the story of the doll’s origin. The dolls presented in the catalogs of modern Internet sites are exclusively playable – for the possibility of implementing role-playing fun by children, and the first ones were created for a completely different purpose, more religious, ceremonial, symbolic. Idol dolls, amulets, sacrificial dolls. For most nationalities, the appearance of dolls – wooden, from bone, from wax, grass, textile, was associated with the need to transfer their hopes, beliefs, worldviews to something material, in this case it is “non-living”, but a person. Interesting facts about dolls Dolls as toys have become popular not so long ago. After paganism departed, dolls became one of the directions of art. The French “Pandora”, the so-called doll models, with which they demonstrated the latest fashionable novelties, were magnificent. These were small (25-30 cm tall) porcelain figurines of adult women, with topical hairstyles for those times and dressed in the most detailed outfits. To each of them, in addition to making whole wardrobes, real miniature chests, mountains of jewelry and perfumes. In ancient Russia, it was customary for girls who were ready to marry to make a “doll-ravanka” out of old things to their mother, without using scissors, knives and needles. The fabric doll from scarves, shreds, threads was first exhibited on the window – as a sign that the guys can count on a successful matchmaking. And after the wedding, the doll was packed to “warm” the baby cradle so that it would not be empty, but rather would accept the heirs. English wooden dolls cost fabulous money – they were unique, delicate, precise and elegant. Only the most talented woodcarvers could make them, and it took a lot of time for one doll. Such dolls often served as royal rewards, so they were definitely not allowed to play. But the most expensive doll in the world was the notorious Barbie. Dressed in a dress trimmed with real diamonds, she was sold for 100,000 euros. I wonder how many parents know that Barbie is a copy of the once popular German diva Lilly? The woman was really distinguished by her graceful build: a narrow waist, lush chest and hips, only growth was medium, not high. Like this.