This colorful mud sculpture is hand-cast and hand painted with the design by artist Hu Xinming. The goat is painted with peony flowers, and has a pair of oversize golden horns. This design has been featured on Chinese stamps for the year of the Goat in 2003. Goat represents kindness, peace, and harmony. Goat is the eighth animal in Chinese Zodiac cycles.
The craft of making painted clay-figurines of Fengxiang has a recorded history of more than 3,000 years. The figurines are made of local Fengxiang clay, which was mixed with pulp and painted after it was shaped. The images on the clay figurines typically included flowers, birds, fish, insects, as well as birds and beasts, reflecting cultural characteristics of ancient China. The figurines are painted with such bright colors and traditionally each color has a special meaning. Green represents longevity; red means a flourishing year. Also each painted pattern design has meaning: pomegranate represents happiness and prospers offspring; butterfly brings good fortune; peony represents fortune and luck.