Yes, that’s right. custom bobbleheads are originally from India. While it may seem strange that these unique dolls whose heads bounce actually come from South Asia, it should not be. India, and especially South India, has long had a tradition of using unique dolls and doll-like costumes in religious and cultural/ethnic ceremonies. This article will discuss more the history of bobbleheads.
Some interesting information about Custom bobbleheads
You probably had no idea that custom bobbleheads were popular in many kingdoms and empires in Asia. This comprises East, South, and Southeast Asia. It became popular there in the 1600s when Buddhism was still widely practiced in China, some parts of India, and many other southeast Asian nations. Artisans would create idols of the great Lord Buddha. These idols were unique because they actually looked like dolls whose heads wobbled.
Custom bobbleheads in India
It made its appearance in India in the form of dolls that were from Thanjavur. Back then, they were known as ‘Thanjavur Thalayatti Bomai.’ Since they came from the Dravida region that is currently Tamil Nadu, they were called “Tanjore head-shaking doll” by people who used them.
These dolls have traditionally ranged from being half afoot to an entire foot in length. These custom bobbleheads were first popularized in Thanjavur. They were originally made out of kiln baked clay or strong and hardwood. What gave them their unique characteristics that have largely carried over to the present day is their unique designs. These dolls were painted to look like interesting ‘cartoon’ characters in the plays and dramas that were (and still are) popular at the time. These dolls often wore fine clothes made out of rare and expensive materials.
Custom bobbleheads in the West
Since Western nations were interested in trading with (and colonizing) Asian kingdoms and empires, they came into contact with these Buddhist ‘bobbleheads.’ The Westerners referred to these dolls as ‘temple nodders’ since they were primarily found in Buddhist temples. Westerners liked the idea of these bobbling icons and incorporated them into their own cultures.
Custom bobbleheads in Germany and the West”
These personalized bobbleheads toys really became popular in Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In fact, their production ramped up dramatically in America in the early 20th century.
Custom bobbleheads are here to stay:
These are here to stay largely because they were created to entertain people and make them laugh. Also, their exaggerated features tend to remind people of funny situations that happen in daily life!