The Hutong Boys

Recently I was at the Panjiayuan “antique” market in Beijing.  Back in the day, we called it The Dirt Market, because it was a weekend market on a dirt field.  Now it’s been spiffed up and become a major tourist draw.  Anyway, I spotted these interesting clay figurines, and instantly dubbed them ‘The Hutong Boys.’  Kind of cute, aren’t they? But I must admit to scratching my head a bit regarding what they are holding.  Let’s see……one has a chicken or a duck, and one a baby lamb.  One guy has nothing.  But what’s with the chap holding a tube of  toothpaste and toothbrush?  Your guess is as good as mine!