I've been reading about the history of toys online, as part of a personal project. One thing that surprised me was that every article I've found lists porcelain toys as having been invented by Europeans. Different sites give dates between the 1500s and 1700s, depending on the country, the type of doll, and the method of manufacture.
This seems odd to me; for obvious reasons I would have expected china dolls to originate ... in China. It's strange that they would have used it to make figurines, decorative objects, etc., but never produced toys intended for children. So to my question:
When and where were the first porcelain or china toys made? Were porcelain toys made in China or Japan prior to the European Renaissance? If so, what were they like?