Clay statue Zhang of Tianjin is a school of folk clay statues, originated from the Qing Dynasty, created by a craftsman named Zhang Changlin. According to the Digests about Tianjin, by Zhan Tao, written in the period of Guangxu(1875-1908), “Zhang Changlin was living in the west of the city, with the courtesy name of Mingshan, born in a clay statue family. The characters’ statues in the traditional opera created from his hands were lifelike and well-known both inland and overseas. The foreigner once bought his works at high price and placed them in the museum for people to appreciate. He was especially good at make small-sized clay statue.” Zhang Changlin learnt the clay sculpture with his father when he was little. By the age of 18, he had been called Clay Statue Zhang for his proficiency and ran his family clay sculpture workshop, Sugu Zhai. It is said that he could pinch out a person’s statue which not only resembled closely but also was lifelike, just in the twinkling of an eye while talking with him or her.