Children of Japan

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The Jumeau 201

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Alice, Commemorative Edition

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Emma, aka, La Contessa Bathory

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Emma Emmeline

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Cloth Clown

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c. 1969 Greek Plastic Mini Baby

c. 1969 Greek Plastic Mini Baby
Bought Athens on the street

Iron Maiden; Middle Ages

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Sand Baby Swirls!

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By Glenda Rolle, courtesy, the Artist

Glenda's Logo

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Sand Baby Castaway

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Mickey

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2000+ year old Roman Rag Doll

2000+ year old Roman Rag Doll
British Museum, Child's Tomb

Ancient Egypt Paddle Doll

Ancient Egypt Paddle Doll
Among first "Toys?"

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Egyptian Tomb Doll 18th Dynasty

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Late Sixties Vinyl: L to R: Probably Horseman, all vinyl, jointed. New wig. R: Effanbee, probably Muffy, mid sixties. New wig and new clothing on both. About 12 inches high.

Restored Italian Baby Doll

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

March 25, 2017- Long Live Freedom, Long Live Greece, My Birthplace and the Birthplace of Democracy! - Gallery of Greek Dolls

Well, I got behind. Better late than never, and the Revolution lasted longer than one day.  I did post on Dr. E's Doll Museum in Greek. Last week was Greek Independence day, e.g., March 25, 2017.  So we offer a gallery of Greek dolls, and we also honor the spirit of the heroes of the Revolution, including Lord Byron, Kolokotronis, and Bouboulina, the woman warrior and freedom fighter.  We also honor the memory of Queen Amalia, the first modern queen of Greece, who came from Germany.  She gave the Greek people the national costume for women, The Amalia, which is her compilation of contemporary Greco dress and Biedermeier style.


Greek Theatrical Doll. Porcelain head.  Tsagaris collection.




Greek bottle doll, meant as an Ouzo bottle Tsagaris Collection
A soldier, or Evzon is her companion.


Greek Dolls, Tsagaris Collection




Center doll is Greek soldier, c. 1930.  Doll on L is Scottish, on right, Egyptian. Tsagaris collection.

Wax over dolls, c. 1880, glass eyes, Greek costume.


Cycladic Idol, addressed by Barbara Pym in A Few Green Leaves.  Cincinnati Museum of Art, photo,
Dino Milani.


Ancient Greek Doll, approximately 3000 years old, courtesy Theriault's.  Mary Hillier
writes of these in Dolls and Doll Makers.  I saw them at the museums in Athens.  Plato writes of a
type of these used as shadow puppets in his "Allegory of the Cave" from The Republic.




George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron. 1788–1824 and National Hero of Greece.
Prof. M. Dragona and others honor him in conferences.


Greek Soldier with Kilt. 1969.  Tsagaris collection.  Photo, D. Milani

  
The Isles of Greece
  
THE isles of Greece! the isles of Greece
  Where burning Sappho loved and sung,
Where grew the arts of war and peace,
  Where Delos rose, and Phoebus sprung!
Eternal summer gilds them yet,         
But all, except their sun, is set.
The Scian and the Teian muse,
  The hero's harp, the lover's lute,
Have found the fame your shores refuse:
  Their place of birth alone is mute 
To sounds which echo further west
Than your sires' 'Islands of the Blest.
The mountains look on Marathon—
  And Marathon looks on the sea;
And musing there an hour alone, 
  I dream'd that Greece might still be free;
For standing on the Persians' grave,
I could not deem myself a slave.
A king sate on the rocky brow
  Which looks o'er sea-born Salamis;
And ships, by thousands, lay below,
  And men in nations;—all were his!
He counted them at break of day—
And when the sun set, where were they?
And where are they? and where art thou, 
  My country? On thy voiceless shore
The heroic lay is tuneless now—
  The heroic bosom beats no more!
And must thy lyre, so long divine,
Degenerate into hands like mine?
'Tis something in the dearth of fame,
  Though link'd among a fetter'd race,
To feel at least a patriot's shame,
  Even as I sing, suffuse my face;
For what is left the poet here?
For Greeks a blush—for Greece a tear.
Must we but weep o'er days more blest?
  Must we but blush?—Our fathers bled.
Earth! render back from out thy breast
  A remnant of our Spartan dead!
Of the three hundred grant but three,
To make a new Thermopylæ!
What, silent still? and silent all?
  Ah! no;—the voices of the dead
Sound like a distant torrent's fall,
  And answer, 'Let one living head,
But one, arise,—we come, we come!'
'Tis but the living who are dumb.
In vain—in vain: strike other chords;
  Fill high the cup with Samian wine!
Leave battles to the Turkish hordes,
  And shed the blood of Scio's vine:
Hark! rising to the ignoble call—
How answers each bold Bacchanal!
You have the Pyrrhic dance as yet;
  Where is the Pyrrhic phalanx gone?
Of two such lessons, why forget
  The nobler and the manlier one?
You have the letters Cadmus gave—
Think ye he meant them for a slave?
Fill high the bowl with Samian wine!
  We will not think of themes like these!
It made Anacreon's song divine:
  He served—but served Polycrates—
A tyrant; but our masters then
Were still, at least, our countrymen.
The tyrant of the Chersonese
  Was freedom's best and bravest friend;
That tyrant was Miltiades!
  O that the present hour would lend 
Another despot of the kind!
Such chains as his were sure to bind.
Fill high the bowl with Samian wine!
  On Suli's rock, and Parga's shore,
Exists the remnant of a line
  Such as the Doric mothers bore;
And there, perhaps, some seed is sown,
The Heracleidan blood might own.
Trust not for freedom to the Franks—
  They have a king who buys and sells;
In native swords and native ranks
  The only hope of courage dwells:
But Turkish force and Latin fraud
Would break your shield, however broad.
Fill high the bowl with Samian wine!
  Our virgins dance beneath the shade—
I see their glorious black eyes shine;
  But gazing on each glowing maid,
My own the burning tear-drop laves,
To think such breasts must suckle slaves.
Place me on Sunium's marbled steep,
  Where nothing, save the waves and I,
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep;
  There, swan-like, let me sing and die:
A land of slaves shall ne'er be mine—
Dash down yon cup of Samian wine!



Amalia, a 60s Greek doll with wire armature, plastic hands and feet, nad
a cloth mask, painted face.  She wears the national costume designed by Queen Amalia.
Author's collection, purchased in Greece.  Photo, Dino Milani.

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