Like children today, the younger members of Roman civilization would have dressed their dolls according to the latest fashions.
When Greek and Roman girls got married they would dedicate their doll to a goddess.
They have been made as crude, rudimentary playthings as well as elaborate art.
Modern doll manufacturing has its roots in Germany, going back to the 15th century.
Other tribes in the region have their own distinctive style of akuaba.
There is a rich history of Japanese traditional dolls dating back to the Dogū figures (8000–200 BC) and Haniwa funerary figures (300-600 AD).
The use of an effigy to perform a spell on someone is documented in African, Native American, and European cultures.
Examples of such magical devices include the European poppet and the nkisi or bocio of West and Central Africa.
During the 20th century, dolls became increasingly popular as collectibles.Wooden paddle dolls have been found in Egyptian tombs dating to as early as the 21st century BC.Dolls with movable limbs and removable clothing date back to at least 200 BC.They represent Bodhidharma, the East Indian who founded Zen, and are used as good luck charms.Wooden Kokeshi dolls have no arms or legs, but a large head and cylindrical body, representing little girls.
The earliest documented dolls go back to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome.