The indications of miniature making can be discovered from several civilizations all over the globe. The foremost purpose of the ancient Egyptian toy makers for miniature making was funerary or votive. They used to bury miniatures along with the deceased to ensure his comfortable afterlife, for e.g. chairs, tables, utensils and the likes. A still surviving 2 ½ inches chair made from wood has been accolade a place of honour in the Toy Museum of Sonneberg. Deceased children were entombed with ordinary toy-like miniatures. Shabby miniature hovels were carved from clay to act as bastions for protecting the souls of the departed. These miniatures used to vary in complexity and details according to the wealth and status of the deceased. They were either made of terracotta, copper, ivory or wood, clearly inflicting Egyptian’s interest in miniature making.
Marching abreast with a more varied assortment was Greek Civilization. With an emphasis over converting girls into dutiful housewives, the toys were usually the miniature forms of household items. Some bleak evidences of hand-crafted houses by children are also unearthed. Eminent Greek philosophers like Plato, Socrates and Aristotle inferred great importance to miniature making. They considered it as a cornerstone for the overall development of a child and to help him envision his eventual role in life.
Greek era witnessed many miniature artists plunging into markets to sell toys and jars. Clay being cost-effective was extensively used. More often toys were dedicated as offering to the deities. Sized between 4 ¾” to 6”, such miniatures laid a benchmark for the components of contemporary Dollhouses
The traces of miniature making were also lifted from Roman Civilization. Instances illustrated by historian Suetonius in his “Life of Augustus” affirm the children’s keen interest in building castles and towers from papyrus and thin sections of wood.
Amid the surviving miniature relics a Hearth, Saucepan, Cup, Bowl along with a Lead Tray are of particular appeal. Traversing across many civilizations Dollhouse and miniature making has acquired the present-day form, in which we see it.