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102A: An Ancient Syrian Terracotta Toy Cart and Horse : Lot 102A

102A: An Ancient Syrian Terracotta Toy Cart and Horse : Lot 102A

A Syrian Terracotta Toy Cart and Horse / From the ancient Near East, Syria, ca. 1000 to 800 BC.  9"L x 4-1/2"H

A Syrian Terracotta Toy Cart and Horse / From the ancient Near East, Syria, ca. 1000 to 800 BC. 9"L x 4-1/2"H

From the ancient Near East, Syria, ca. 1000 to 800 BC. Delightful terracotta child's toy in the form of a covered cart and horse - each with original four wheels. Entire unit measures 9"L x 4-1/2"H, wheels once applied using wooden dowels which have been lost to age.

From the ancient Near East, Syria, ca. 1000 to 800 BC. Delightful terracotta child's toy in the form of a covered cart and horse - each with original four wheels. Entire unit measures 9"L x 4-1/2"H, wheels once applied using wooden dowels which have been lost to age.

Ancient Greek children played with many toys, including rattles, little clay animals, horses on 4 wheels that could be pulled on a string, yo-yo's, and terra-cotta dolls.

Ancient Greek children played with many toys, including rattles, little clay animals, horses on 4 wheels that could be pulled on a string, yo-yo's, and terra-cotta dolls.

Agora Image: Terracotta animal rattles: sitting dog wearing a collar (left, T 1510) and a cock (right, T 1423). Toys and rattles were immensely popular, especially the horse on wheels.

Agora Image: Terracotta animal rattles: sitting dog wearing a collar (left, T 1510) and a cock (right, T 1423). Toys and rattles were immensely popular, especially the horse on wheels.

Toy cat Egypt New Kingdom Thebes

“古代エジプトの猫のおもちゃ。テーベ出土、 1550–1070年、大英博物館蔵”

World's Oldest Toy Car - Could This 7500-Year-Old Discovery Be The Earliest Evidence Of The Wheel? - MessageToEagle.com

World's Oldest Toy Car - Could This 7500-Year-Old Discovery Be The Earliest Evidence Of The Wheel? - MessageToEagle.com

A large terracotta chess piece circa 1000 - 1100 A.D.  Apparently it's the only remaining piece from this particular set.

A large terracotta chess piece circa 1000 - 1100 A.D. Apparently it's the only remaining piece from this particular set.

Children in ancient Egypt enjoyed playing many games with balls, dolls and toy animals, but wooden horses on wheels were not known until the Graeco-Roman period. The intact bird on wheels is very rare. The holes in the bird's head are probably for strings. Traces of paint remain on the horses. These three toys are among the best preserved objects of their kind from late Roman and Byzantine times in Egypt.

Children in ancient Egypt enjoyed playing many games with balls, dolls and toy animals, but wooden horses on wheels were not known until the Graeco-Roman period. The intact bird on wheels is very rare. The holes in the bird's head are probably for strings. Traces of paint remain on the horses. These three toys are among the best preserved objects of their kind from late Roman and Byzantine times in Egypt.