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Doll Play and Puppetry

  • Mary R. Haworth
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Abstract

Dolls have had a universal appeal for young children in all countries and for many centuries, from early antiquity to the present day. The earliest doll-like figures very likely were constructed as representatives of various gods or idols, as totems to be appeased, as funeral figures, or as symbols of supernatural powers for use in festivals or as good luck charms. Puppets have traditionally replicated many adult characters in addition to the usually playful and carefree Kasper, Guignol or Punch. Portrayals of complete doll families originated with religious figures, such as the Holy Family. Fashion dolls were made in France as long as 600 years ago and doll houses, with dolls, have been known to date back at least 300 years. Childlike and baby-dolls, so universally regarded as appropriate toys for children today, did not appear on the scene until the nineteenth century (World Book, 1950).

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