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The craftsman
Vol. VII, No. 5 (February 1905)

Turner, Charles Quincy
The dominion of the doll,   pp. 591-602 PDF (3.1 MB)


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THE DOMINION OF THE DOLL. BY CHARLES
QUINCY TURNER
after procuring the bare necessities of life, and
ing the crude implements by which these could be
ined more easily, dolls were the first tangible objects
which man exercised his handicraft and they
lied all the essential purposes for which they were
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way in either the sentiment which inspired their manufacture, or in
technical skill. Nay, if we consider the doll as an individual product,
we have even retrograded, since the dawn of civilization; for every
man could then mold in clay, or carve in bone or wood, or weave out
of fibers, dolls for his children; while his helpmeet could cut out and
make every garment they wore. To-day, the body of the doll is made
by machinery, for millions who could not whittle even a semblance of
the human figure; and many dolls are dressed with machine-made
finery, the very cutting out of which would be much more difficult
for many modern mothers than it was to the earliest representatives of
the human race.
   It is a pleasant picture which unites man's first relaxation from the
absorbing struggle for existence with the kindliness of heart which
moved him to give his next earliest thought to provide pleasure for
his young children. The proof of this statement rests upon the testi-
mony of the earliest civilization.
   Thousands of years ago under the early Egyptian dynasties along
the Upper Nile, baby hands were folded to rest, with pagan rites
may be, but with who knows how many tears; and to-day we find still
in their grasp tiny dolls of baked clayl But I seem to hear the skep-
tical antiquary, to whom nothing is sacred, especially the human
heart, exclaim: "Were these really dolls?" "Are you sure of
that?
or were they the household idol gods of the nursery?" For answer,
I reply-first, that they were dolls, because in ancient Peru, untold
centuries before Columbus discovered the Western world, or Pizarro
ruined its wonderful civilization, there lived a primitive people, who
were not idolaters, but who, like the Egyptians, embalmed their dead,
wrapped them in cerements of cloth, and piously deposited them to
await the Great Hereafter: and that, folded in the mummy-garments
of Peruvian children,there have been found the little dolls buriedwith
them, together with the food and the raiment which was thought to be
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