Made by Franz Richter, these clay sculptures were inspired by the folktales of Haug-Folk, or Hill Folk, in Norway. Haug-Folk were tiny, invisible people believed to live inside of hills during the summer and empty farm houses during winter. When the farmers return to their houses in spring they would have to ask permission from the Haug-Folk to enter the house.
The figures were handmade and each one is unique. This one stands at about 5" tall and is signed by Franz Richter. Dated 1983.