Lucky Pig, Europe


Transferred from the Wellcome Institute in 1985; 1985.52.1370
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries the pig was a popular lucky charm in France, England and Ireland, as well as Germany and Austria, where it was – and still is – known as Glücksschwein (‘good luck pig’). This little pig is made of painted enamel, but lucky pig charms were often made of silver or gold. Expressions such as ‘happy as a pig in the mire’, ‘a pig in clover’, and ‘you lucky pig’, reflect the association of pigs with happiness, financial prosperity and good luck. 
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Artisans of Memory

Behind the scenes of an amulets project

This series of short films follows the progress and practices of those connected with the Small Blessings project as they unravel the stories surrounding these curious objects.

The full series of films may be viewed here.


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