$140.00. Height: 7/8 inch. Limited Edition: 75 signed and numbered figurines. Hand carved, hand cast in solid foundry bronze, hand painted in oils. As a kid growing up I always remembered the myth and legend of the mysterious piper who helped the town of Hamelin. For those who don't know the story a synopsis follows: In 1284 while the town of Hamelin, Germany was suffering from a rat infestation a man in pied clothing appeared claiming to be a rat catcher. He promised the mayor a solution for their problem with the rats. The mayor in turn promised to pay him for the removal of the rats. The man accepted and played a musical pipe to lure the rats with a song into the Weser River where all but one drowned. In the miniature version the Pied Piper is seen leading six rats out of the town. One sits on top of the sign pointing the way to Hamelin. This is painted in my favorite technique of all glazes.