Dolls known as plangones, korai, or nymphai in ancient Greece were made with articulated limbs. The earliest examples that have been found date to about 800 B.C., making them 2,800 years old! Dolls were made by the ancient Greeks for a period of more than seven hundred years and were formed of many materials: wood, bone, ivory, marble, cloth, wax, alabaster, and terracotta. The arms and legs were made separately and attached to the doll's body with cords, which allowed the limbs to move.
Young Greek girls played with their dolls much the same way children do today. The fingers of some ancient dolls were delicately carved so that miniature rings could be slipped on and off them. Other dolls hold in their hands separately made castanets. Even miniature pieces of furniture have been found with some dolls. A kistis, or small box, held these tiny accessories.
The delicate features and rounded shapes of dolls found in ancient Greek ruins inspired this articulated doll.