Routed from maple wood and sanded to a smooth finish, L'Oiseau is reminiscent of the wooden artefacts of Nordic folk art.
Two Early Primitive Toy Horses. Hand Carved and Painted Wood and Leather. Swedish, c.1830 - c.1860
Wood and polychrome, all original. Green body with painted white socks. Metal inserted tacks for eyes. Possibly child's toy. Custom stand.
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.
A variety of carved wooden children's toys from the period have been found, including dolls, horses, ships, and other figures. Child sized wooden weapons have also been found.
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But toys didn't have to be elaborate to be beloved. This horse you was carved from a single piece of wood, and was loved by a Viking child in the 900s.
Covered in a code no one can understand, the Shigir Idol is the oldest wooden structure in the world.
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.