If you are one of those who loves art, either as an artist yourself or as an appreciator and collector of art, then this article will interest you. In this article, we are not going to talk about the most famous sculptures across the globe, though these too are inspiring, but about exquisite figurines which will appeal to your collector’s instinct. The good thing is that today you can collect lovely and exquisite figurines even if you do not have a large amount of money to spend on them, though you have to know that these are mass produced rather than handmade, but are lovely nevertheless. But if you are one of those who like art with precious and semi-precious stones, then you will have to be prepared to spend a lot more on your collection of figurines, which will be costlier because they will be made by hand and that too using precious or semi-precious stones.
You may hate it that we are putting a price on something as tasteful and exquisite as figurines which will have a lot of details but that is a fact that you will have to deal with. This is because art whether you are an artist or a collector, has a price to it. You just have to look at astonishingly life-like figurative sculptures, to know that there is a lot of work that goes into such work and it will carry a price.
By definition, figurines will have to be smaller in size and can represent humans, animals, birds and even figures of fantasy. They can be created using any kind of material like glass, metals, clay, plaster of Paris, wood, or semi-precious stones. When you take a closer look at some of the figurine pictures we have given here, you will realize that they do not always stick to reality. But instead of making them seem odd, this aspect actually adds to the attraction of these figurines. In most instances, the figurines will reflect the ethnicity of the artists and the place he or she comes from. For instance, you will see that the figurines from the orient often have faces that are reflective of the people of the place. The cheekbones and eyes will definitely change as per the change in the origin of the place the figurines are supposed to represent.
Not all figurines are necessarily traditional with some of them taking on aspects of pop culture and even images of famous actors and performers. But the more you look at figurines, the more you will realize that they have an imaginative and childish aspect to them in terms of the theme and not in terms of the work though. For instance, mythological animals and creatures have a large role in inspiring artists to create figurines. Sometimes the innocent and fascinating aspects of rural life could be represented in the figurines.
For instance, one of the most exquisite pieces that comes to mind is that of the china shepherdess figurine who stands there all rosy cheeked and fresh faced. But this does not mean, that makers of figurines do concentrate and get inspired by even adult themes. One of the popular ones that comes to mind is the woman who is waiting probably in vain for her lover. The longing and the lost hope in her face can make you feel empathetic towards the woman. Each culture has their own representation in these figurines and this can be a collector’s delight. Do look at the pictures we have given here and tell us which ones are your favorites.