Boar, earthenware figure

Boar, earthenware figure

Boar
Earthenware figure
Hannong's pottery factory (manufacturer)
France
About 1748-1754
Museum no. C.212-1951

Wild boar are recorded throughout history. To the ancient Greeks the wild boar was considered destructive and ferocious and so they were hunted by heroes who could show off their bravery by killing the boar. The Romans also hunted wild boar, but are also believed to have tamed them and kept them for their exotic meat, dished up on special occasions. Today colonies of boars still thrive in the wild across central Europe, Asia and South America. They are still considered dangerous, known for causing damage to woodlands and for killing other animals. They are now hunted using rifles and occasionally dogs and their meat is still a delicacy. The wild breed has a thick bristly coat and can be distinguished from the domestic breed by its longer legs and narrower head and snout.