Dolls have been around for as long as human civilization. Different cultures all over the world create an amazing variety of dolls with different significances. Typically, they are seen as a symbol of beauty, fertility and magic. They are also often valued as sacred talismans in other worlds or this one and protected by their society.
Crafting and displaying dolls is a true form of art, and the creation of art is one of the true signs of a civilized society. One of the oldest objects we have that can be considered part of a piece of art is a doll. The Venus Figurine statue, which was discovered 30,000 years ago, is among the most recognizable Venus figurines ever found. These dolls were important to early communities for manifesting fertility and abundance.
Japan's earliest civilizers created beautifully detailed and mysterious objects, called Dogu. They are believed to have been used for spiritual ceremonies or rituals-- and almost 16,000 years after they were created, people find them as alien-like as when they were first formed.
One of the strangest objects we examined were "host" figurines that were used by Aztecs. These dolls were made of clay and painted brightly in order to protect spirits, as well as bring new life into the world.
China dolls, which were originally made with porcelain heads, became popular in Europe in the Victorian Era. At that time, most dolls were made this way and due to the introduction of mass-production, millions of china dolls were made. China dolls are now fragile collectors' items that can be worth a great deal as antiques. They are also a useful way to document the various fashions of the 19th century.
In cultures even farther back than the ones examined here, distinctive African dolls played and still play an important role. African dolls are not just toys for young girls but serve as fertility charms for women. They're often handed down from mother to daughter and are a vital part of cultural practices.
Today, dolls still capture the imagination of adults and children alike. Their popularity has gone hand in hand with humanity at large and it is unlikely that they will ever be ousted from our culture.
Blythe dolls are a one-of-a-kind type of doll that's more popular among adults than children. Blythes have an iconic look with their spooky eyes and serene countenance. The dolls are also heavily recognized in the world of art and fashion as a global phenomenon.
At This is Blythe, we create happy relationships. We've been designing and crafting Blythe Dolls for twenty years, so we have a selection of dolls and accessories that are sure to please even the pickiest customer. You'll find something for every style and occasion!