Since prehistoric times, humans have crafted small-scale representations of humans, gods and animals, also known as figurines. One of the most famous early figurines is the Venus de Willendorf, a female statuette dated to around 28,000-25,000 BC. Like with many other art forms, the techniques used for figurine production were advanced by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, with both cultures manufacturing terracotta and bronze figurines of deities for religious purposes. From the 18th century onwards, intricately-detailed figurines were produced by porcelain factories across Europe, including notable manufacturers Meissen, Sèvres and Capodimonte. One of the most popular subjects for European porcelain figurines was the depiction of finely-dressed men and women engaging in charming, idle activity. Animal figurines were also common during this period, with realistic representations as well as playful versions of animals performing human activities in dress available on today's collectors' market.
Snow White: the perfect fairy tale for cozy winter evenings. The Brothers Grimm fairy tale was given a touch if Disney magic in 1937 when it became the first full-length animated film produced by Walt Disney Studios.
Jade is the name given to jadeite and nephrite, types of metamorphic rocks made of silicate minerals. That's the boring description. But it says nothing of the beauty of this ornamental stone, which has fascinated people for thousands of years, and forms a cornerstone of Chinese decorative art.