Children in ancient Egypt enjoyed playing many games with balls, dolls and toy animals, but wooden horses on wheels were not known until the Graeco-Roman period. The intact bird on wheels is very rare. The holes in the bird's head are probably for strings. Traces of the dark green color depicting the mane and the saddle of the toy horse still remain; the saddle is secured with a red girth around the belly and the breast of the horse. These three toys are among the best preserved objects of their kind from late Roman and Byzantine times in Egypt.
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