The word agalmatophilia describes a fetish for statues, or also in the modern age similar objects such as mannequins or dolls. The term comes from two Greek words: agama meaning statue, and philia meaning love. In Classical times statues were relatively common creations; while these days you’re unlikely to go past a fashion store window without seeing a mannequin and dolls are very common childhood toys.
The fetish may be based around sexual feelings for the inanimate object itself and the desire to have sex with or masturbate over it, or to see object interact (which is known as a form of object sexuality), or could be the desire to have either themselves or another person turned into a doll (an instance of transformation fetishism).
A famous example of this fetish is the Greek myth of Pygmalion, where a sculptor falls for the statue he has created, and this has been retold in many forms, including Pinocchio, Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw and even the films My Fair Lady and Mannequin.
To make their fetish more accessible to them, agamatophiliacs may also be interested in erotic hypnosis and robot fetishism. When hypnotised, the subject can be given suggestions that they have been transformed into a doll, statue or robot, and then engage in sexual play. Motivations for this fetish can vary. For some it’s a simple as the fact that they love the statue, doll or other objects purely in and of itself; for others it’s more about what that enables. For example it may be that they enjoy having complete power over it, meaning there is a strong element of D/s. In that case they may also the ability to dress it however they choose, or have someone else have that power over them, in which case a fashion fetish, clothing fetish or material fetish, such as latex or satin may also be involved.
It’s estimated that men who identify with an agalmatophilia fetish outnumber women by around 10 to one, though it’s hard to verify these figures or to give a clear interpretation of why this might be.