Bronze literally changed history as it allowed us to make better tools and weapons. A good number of ancient bronze pieces survive well over a thousand years. These decorative statues represent decorative uses of bronze. This implies over time we were becoming wealthier. It is worth noting that many of these pieces are direct copies or inspired by ancient pieces as the newly wealthy sought beautiful things for their homes. The statues of Gods and saints were commissioned to grant favor to the patrons. These wonderful objects were considered to be luxury items.