That “Oldest Action Figure” Picture You Keep Seeing

isn’t an action figure. It’s a burial object.

Read complete information about the tomb in which it was found here – https://unframed.lacma.org/2017/09/21/archaeology-el-%C3%BA-waka%E2%80%99-maya-ritual-resurrection-scene-broader-perspective

“…a dwarf with a deer helmet holding a conch shell trumpet that will be played not only for music, but also to open the portal to the underworld. “

Other figures with separate pieces also exist from this time period – around the 7th or 8th century.

–See more images of this figure and related items here.

See also:

A Timeline of the History of Miniatures: From Ritual and Religious Object to Plaything and Collectible

The History and Psychology of Toys

5 Replies to “That “Oldest Action Figure” Picture You Keep Seeing”

  1. This is fascinating. I was in Paris years ago and in the Musee de Quai Branly, as part of the Americas exhibit, I saw a small articulated figure made of gold, silver and platinum. I have always assumed it was very old, but the photo I took of it and the accompanying plaque don’t seem to provide an age for the piece, and it’s difficult to find a picture of it on the museum’s online collection. I would love to send you the photos I took – perhaps to fuel another investigation?

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