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Mudmen and Figurines

Over a thousand years ago, Chinese artisans of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), created miniature landscapes in a tray.  This practice was known as Pen’Jing, or Chinese Landscape Bonsai . The Chinese that practiced the art of Pen'Jing tried to duplicate a favorite scenic view, like a countryside or a mountain view.  To recreate these scenes, they used rocks and small trees planted in ceramic trays.   An intricate part of these scenes would involve the use of ceramic figurines of people (aka the mudman), animals, huts and temples.  This brought scale to their planting scenes and helped give the appearance of age and size.  The Pen'Jing art form that nearly became extinct is experiencing a revival in modern day China.