Aristocratic eyes were focused on the exotic and Far East in the baroque and rococo periods. China, in particular, which was regarded as the country of wisdom, was the centre of attention with its luxury items of silk, porcelain, lacquer furniture and mother-of-pearl. The idea of this foreign world influenced lifestyles. In 1757, Franz Anton Bustelli created a cycle of Chinese figurines as a table piece in the spirit of the times. Alongside the series of COMMEDIA DELL 'ARTE for Nymphenburg, this cycle may be regarded as Bustelli's most important contribution to porcelain art. It is a small sculptural work of the highest standing in which the protagonists are grouped in pairs in a loose circle around a raised idol. In the lightness typical of his figures, Bustelli – with the meek postures and lowered eyes he depicts – presents the full range of idol worship.