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The beginning of the 18th. century saw the creation of little figures in the wood turning trade in and around Seiffen.

It began with a simple poppet shape showing, at first, only a few physical details. By making inserts and cuts into the shape and glueing on small extra parts, the lathed poppet shape took on a naive charm which has become characteristic for the numerous toys and Christmas figures from Seiffen right up to the present day.

The miner with his lamp and the angel bearing a candle have become two of the best known symbolic figures form the Erzgebirge. Since their beginnings, they have been crafted in many imaginative versions in the hands of the toy makers.

For the miner, in his dangerous and laborious work underground mining for ore, light has always been more than simply a source of illumination. The warm glow of light came to be a symbolic sign for life. And so it is by no means surprising, when in the long, cold winter days at the end of the Old Year, figures of miners and angels, some small, some large, some simply, some elaborately painted and decorated, bring a festive radiance to the homes and the snow covered countryside of the Erzgebirge.


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