PIG WITH BAGPIPE - medieval bronze brooch

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A remarkable medieval brooch, made in every detail on the basis of a 15th century find. It depicts a pig playing the bagpipes like a piper. The original dates from 1375-1425 AD and comes from the van Beuningen collection. Koldeweij.

There are several medieval depictions of pig-shaped bagpipers, most of which come from fourteenth and fifteenth century England. Exactly what links the bagpipes to the pig is not entirely certain. Both bagpipes and sows were associated with sinful lust in the Middle Ages.

The shape of the instrument (bag and pipe) can certainly be interpreted as phallic, although there may also be some connection between the shrieking sound of the bagpipes and the squealing pig.

The 'Pig with pipes' badge is made of high quality bronze. There is a solid pin on the back so the badge can also be used as a brooch.

  • Material: bronze
  • Dimensions: 4,2 x 2,5 cm
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