Some Ceramic Toys In The Anatolian Archaeology (XII-XVth Centuries)

Ozkul Findik N.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.101, pp.252-264, 2014 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.252-264
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


Archaeological studies that enlighten the life style of the humanity throughout the history, recently started to give little clues about the world of the children too. There isn't detailed information about the pieces being exhibited in the Turkish museums as toys; also the toy pieces found in the archaeological excavations are just slightly mentioned in the excavation reports. These can be left as a couple of samples since they are not pieces found densely like ceramic potteries. Whereas children, due to their nature, are able to play games in any period, any region and condition. Toys accompanied to them in their games have also changed to the periods and living conditions along centuries. One of the most attractive toys for the children, whistles that brought great changes to the toy world until recent times and the figurines in unique shapes the children have made while playing with mud will be analyzed in this study. The findings found during the excavations in ceramic production centers with different regions and production periods at Hasankeyf and Iznik, where we have concentrated our studies on ceramics, are covered. Generally these ceramic toys have been studied in two groups as figurines and whistles. With this study, contribution to the establishing a chronology on Turkish toy history with the help of ceramic toy fragments found in Turkish period excavations had been aimed; also by the examined samples having similarities with findings in the other Turkish regions out of Anatolia, this tradition is proved to be carried from 10thcentury to today.