Everything points towards the election of the doll as the oldest toy in the history of humanity: the first examples of female representations may have existed as far back as Prehistory, made out of wood and leather, and apparently used in religious rites. However, clearer evidences date back to 2 000 BC when, in Egypt, small sculptures of girls were found in childrens' tombs, that is, there is a specific connection between toys and children, rather than with divine representations. Still, its use as a toy for girls suffered various changes throughout the centuries - it's important to remember the concept of children, of childhood, as we know it today, is fairly recent: even as recently as the 18th century, children were still viewed as "small adults". But those who think that, today, while we witness the consecration of stores who specialize in girls crazy for playing with their little daughters, that the toy is a privilege only of those girls.
It's true that adults don't use them for the same purpose as a six year-old girl, when they were driving pink convertible cars, wearing pink ballroom gowns or taking care of their plastic convalescents. There is now a certain ludic sense in the visual or the memories (should I confess I own a Barbie doll?), and art creates new connections there. Photography appears then to rescue those false babies, girls and women; they're professional editorials by photographers who are passionate about producing and capturing dolls from every era and in every situation: from the made up gothic-like doll to the ones torn apart in garbage bins.
In this article, we chose interesting photographs about the topic in the pages of Flickr, DeviantART and GettyImages, that are impressive for their fascination with this toy of such clear, and at the same time hidden, meanings.
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