Garden gnomes were first manufactured in rural Germany by Phillip Griebel in the middle of the nineteenth century. While used primarily for decoration they were also believed to ward off thieves and evildoers. The styles and variations of these oddly cute little creatures have changed dramatically over the years as their popularity has skyrocketed. This latest Michigan State design is the best ever! This MSU gnome is ready to deliver that decisive slam dunk in a full Spartans uniform with a matching cap. Placing him in your garden home or office will keep all the rival fans away!