A Hummel Figurine is a symbol of high quality craftsmanship and a collectible item of great value. They have been influenced by the illustrations of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel and her work was not discovered till later on by Franz Goebel. The figurines are made of ceramic and the work of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel was first published on postcards. Goebel produced this work as well as the figurines, which were first sold in 1935. Sister Hummel was an avid illustrator and story creator of children.
Over time, the figurines have evolved into more contemporary styles but they continue to be based on the illustrations of the 1930s. These figurines were a symbol of innocence as they depicted various children. They were also cheery and lighthearted as they portrayed country children. Aside from child figurines, there are also statues of saints which are more composed as opposed to playful. What makes these figurines so special is that they are highly popular. In fact, the company had decided to discontinue their production but this plan never followed through. In February 2009, production of Hummel figurines continued to happen in order to keep touching the lives of those who collect them.