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Worrying Mother Pig Toy

20th century (pre-1960s) Unidentified carved and stained wood with wire, screws, and nails 6 x 11 1/4 x 6 3/8 in. (15.2 x 28.6 x 16.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.341 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27B

Luce Center Label

Farmers often carved scenes of animals and chores as toys for their children. This sculpture shows a mother pig attempting to carry her young away from a man who carries some kind of weapon and is trying to capture the animals.


Animal - pig

Figure male - bust

Object - weapon - gun

Occupation - farm - farmer

State of being - mood - worry


folk art


metal - wire