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Pig: C.3-2009

Object information

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Potter: Biancalana, Paola




Red-brown earthenware covered with dark brown pigment or slip except for the end of the snout and a band of white glaze round middle; the underside of the feet are painted white. The rotund pig has four short legs, a curly tail, and large ears which are flopping forward. The eyes are represented by two pierced holes, and it has two holes in its snout.


History note: The potter, Paola Biancalana, La Badia, near Orvieto, Umbria

Legal notes

Given by Dr Alberto Satolli and Paola Biancalana

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.7 cm
Length: 15.3 cm
Width: 9.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • La Badia ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009-04-27) by Satolli, Alberto Biancalana, Paola


Early 21st Century
Production date: AD 2009


This pig, (un porco cinturello) is what in England is called a saddle-back pig, and mimics the appearance of St Anthony’s pig in two frescoes of the 14th and 15th century in the Duomo and the former church of St Antony in Orvieto. Pigs like this appear on medieval maiolica from Orvieto, including a jug in the Fitzwilliam (C. 47-1927), and on later istoriato maiolica, such as our Urbino dish showing the Hunting of the Calydonian Boar (C. 132-1933).

Components of the work

Mostof Surface composed of dark brown wash ( possibly slip or ceramic pigment)
Belt composed of glaze ( white)

Materials used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3-2009
Primary reference Number: 167198
Entry form number: 1024
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 October 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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