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Ceramic doll

<p>Doll, Emp&uacute;ries (L&rsquo;Escala, Alt Empord&agrave;), 2nd-1st century BC</p>

Doll, Empúries (L’Escala, Alt Empordà), 2nd-1st century BC

In Antiquity there were already dolls made of wood, ivory, coloured wax and bone and so on. The arms and legs were articulated. The type of headgear and hairstyle changed in accordance with the customs of the times. The quality of the manufacture and material of the dolls varied in direct accordance with the social class of the children to whom they belonged. Just as today, dolls hadclothing and accessories. Dolls’ houses, furniture and tableware for playing with dolls are also known to have existed. The transition from adolescence to adulthood was marked by a ceremony in which youngsters buried their toys in a grave that symbolised their childhood: dolls, knuckle bones, marbles, spinning tops, etc. Most of the Roman dolls we have discovered come from these tombs of childhood.

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