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Little horse on wheels, Ancient Greek child's toy. From a tomb dating BCE, Kerameikos Archaeological Museum, Athens

Bronze toy knight, Europe, 13th-14th Century CE. The Walters Art Museum.

The Walters Art Museum This evocative little figure is a bronze toy knight and one of the earliest known toy soldiers, made in Europe.

I love Dala horses and collect them. These would make a wonderful addition to what I have!

Dala Horse Decor

The Horse in History, Art and Mythology: Dala horses originated in Dalarna, a…

Pull toy in shape of an otter from Bet Shemesh (11th-10th BC). Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Pull toy in shape of an otter from Bet Shemesh BC). Courtesy & currently located at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Photo taken by Chamberi.

1950's Child's toy tin Electric iron...loved to iron with my "toy" iron...NOT so much with the "real" iron, today! :)

Child's toy tin Electric iron that actually heats up. I had one when I was little a learned to iron on my father's handkerchiefs.

Maze marble puzzles and dice from the original Party City - Mohenjo-Daro, in modern day Pakistan. 1 in 10 artifacts found at the site relate to leisure and play.

Ancient maze marble puzzles and dice from Mohenjo-Daro, Pakistan. 1 in 10 artifacts found at the site relate to leisure and play! (ceramics and clay)

French Velocipede or Child's Tricycle  France  c.1870  A 19th c. French velocipede or child’s toy tricycle featuring a body of carved wood with brushed steel faceplate and glass eyes, resting on spoke wheels with brass accoutrements and horse-hair tail.    A handsome objet d'art similar to the one depicted in Claude Monet's celebrated painting of his son, Jean Monet.

French Velocipede or Child's Tricycle

French Velocipede or Child's Tricycle France A c. French velocipede or child’s toy tricycle featuring a body of carved wood with brushed steel faceplate and glass eyes, resting on spoke wheels with brass accoutrements and horse-hair tail.

Small brooches, often in whimsical animal forms, were worn both by Roman soldiers stationed in the provinces and by the native population. Though brooches in these forms appear throughout the Roman world, the distribution of finds and the archaeological remains of workshops suggest that the major centers of production were Britain and Gaul

Brooch in the form of a Stag Date: century Culture: Roman Medium: Copper alloy, champleve enamel Dimensions: Overall: 1 x 1 x in.

Nemetona: Goddess of sacred spaces, keeper of the sacred center and defender of the boundaries.

Nemetona: Goddess of sacred spaces, keeper of the sacred center and defender of the boundaries.

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