Figurine: Its Significance and 5 types of Figurine

Figurine and its Significance

The term refers to a small, 3-dimensional sculpture that represents an animal, human, or any deity. They are made up of a variety of materials such as clay, wood, glass, or metals, etc.

Astonishingly, every one of them is unique in its way. There are some with movable body parts such as action figures, robots, dolls, etc.

Figurines and statues can be considered the same except for the differences in their size. Typically those objects are called “figurines” whose height is up to 2 feet or less than that.

One of the significant reasons why people decorate their house is to make it look pleasing to every eye. 

Nowadays people use various kinds of them to decorate their homes such as the figurines of Naruto, Doraemon, Jojo Satoru, or some small and cute animals like cats and birds. These  give a warm feeling to everyone in the house.

Many of them in the world may look simple and boring. They may also be small in size but it’s as expensive as it can get. 

Some of them are- Early Meissen Figurines which cost about $200000 or more, Dresden Lace Figurine which cost about $3300, Rare Sevres Figurine costing about $1000, Figurine by Royal Nymphenburg costing about $ 80000 to $ 120000 British pounds.

Some of the most significant and common figurines are:-

  • Venus –


Venus figurine refers to the upper Palaeolithic statute of a woman. Most of these kinds  were found in Europe and the Asian continent.

These can be dated back to 26000 years and are typically made up of soft stones like limestone, calcites, ivory or clay, etc. Most of these  have small heads and wide hips. Usually, they are faceless.


  • Tangara- 


The Tangara figurine is considered a type of Greek terracotta figurine made in the late 4 century B.C.

When compared to others, these are very different as they were dipped in a liquid with white slip before burning it, and sometimes they were coated with watercolor which wasn’t very much common during those days. 

They  signified real women and men in everyday clothes and look. E.g. ‘Lady in Blue’.


  • Animal-


These are the ones that signified animals as decorative pieces or toys. 

One of the oldest animal figurines is the “Earthenware Staffordshire Figures” of the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of these  were also made up of lead or mud or crystal glass.


  • Byblos –


They are also known as the “Phoenician Statue”; more than 1500 statues were found in ancient Phoenician temples in Lebanon, mainly in Byblos. 

These statues are mainly made up of bronze, silver, or copper. Most of these  were discovered in “Temple of Obelisks’ ‘. These  measure up to 3 cm-38 cm and are all male. 

Most of them have cone-shaped hats resembling the Egyptian crown.


  • Muri Statue Group- 


It’s a group of 6 Roman bronze figures which was found in 1832, in Muri bei Bern, Switzerland. 

The statue signifies Jupiter, Juno, Minerva, Naria, Artio, and a Lar. Except for Lar, other statues have a matching style which represents that they were made by the same bronze caster. 

These statues are believed to be the idols worshipped at the temple of the region Arurensis- the religious association of the region of the river “Aar”.

Figurines are typically very beautiful and important artifacts. The magic to find a valuable figurine is to know exactly what you are looking for. It’s not only the cost and beauty of it that’s important but also who manufactures it and what’s the material it’s made up of. These are a few things that should always be kept in mind while buying one.

Also, read:

Terracotta Pot And 9 Reasons Why Its Demand Is Increasing Everyday

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