Pottery Figurine was always associated with burial in ancient China. The belief that worldly trappings would ensure the deceased’s comfort in the next life led the development of life-like substitutes which were buried in the tombs. Pottery figurine was one of the institutions of immolation or burying the living with the dead.
Different figurines represented people of different status and walk—court officials, generals, attendants, musicians, dancers, etc. As a rule, they were nicely modeled in different postures, constituting a valuable part of Chinese ancient art.