Figurines (small clay figures) began to be made in Macedonia in about 6000 BC and continued throughout antiquity.
These objects were the favorite votive offerings of simple people to their gods in their sanctuaries, but were also used as grave goods with the burials. Initially they represented divinities, later ordinary people, animals or various objects. Clay figures, often with mobile limbs, served also as toys for children.
The figurines were originally hand-shaped, but in the 7th century BC a technique was introduced from the East for producing figurines from moulds. This new method allowed figurines to be made on a scale of almost mass-production.