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.
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.
By the eleventh century, dolls were used as playthings as well as for protection and in religious ceremonies.
During Hinamatsuri, the doll festival, hina dolls are displayed.
Akuaba are wooden ritual fertility dolls from Ghana and nearby areas.
The best known akuaba are those of the Ashanti people, whose akuaba have large, disc-like heads.
A doll is a model of a human being, often used as a toy for children.
Dolls have traditionally been used in magic and religious rituals throughout the world, and traditional dolls made of materials such as clay and wood are found in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe.
The earliest documented dolls go back to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome.
The use of dolls as toys was documented in Greece around 100 AD.
They represent Bodhidharma, the East Indian who founded Zen, and are used as good luck charms.