first European doll
A few thousand years ago there were documents of many Iranian cultural and economic interactions with the West and Europe. These interactions had increased from the Safavid period and reached to the highest point in the middle of the Qajar period. During this period, the king of Iran, Nasser al-Din Shah (16 July 1831 – May 1, 1896), went to Europe for the first time. As we see in Nasser-al-Din Shah’s travel reports, he observed military advancements, new arts and entertainment, urban state, royal ceremonies in European country. After these trips, fashion taste of women in royal family started to change.
He brought a doll as a souvenir for his wife. There is a picture of her holding this doll that indicates the importance of this western souvenir.
Due to increased number of European traveler to Iran and western-goods-shops in Iran, European dolls became popular. Iranian puppeteers also used these dolls in the puppetry.
There are numbers of these dolls in the puppet and toy museum guesthouse in kashan.