Traditional dolls are sometimes used as children's playthings, but they may also have spiritual, magical and ritual value.
There is no defined line between spiritual dolls and toys.
Greek dolls were made of clay and articulated at the hips and shoulders.
There are stories from ancient Greece around 100 AD that show that dolls were used by little girls as playthings. Dolls have been found in the graves of Roman children.
The use of dolls as toys was documented in Greece around 100 AD.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.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.
With industrialization and new materials such as porcelain and plastic, dolls were increasingly mass-produced.