Il Porcellino

Porcellino

Il Porcellino (Italian for “little pig” or “piglet”) is the name for a large bronze sculpture of a boar atop a fountain in Florence. It was sculpted and cast by Pietro Tacca following an Italian copy of a Hellenistic marble sculpture. The original was found in Rome and taken to Florence in the mid-16th century by the Medici Family. It was associated from the time of its rediscovery with the Caledonian Boar of Greek myth.

It stands in front of the Mercato Nuovo in Florence. The present statue is a modern copy, cast in 1998 by the Ferdinando Marinelli Artistic Foundry, while the original bronze is sheltered in the new Museo Bardini in Palazzo Mozzi.

The statue supposedly brings good luck when visitors rub his snout and put a coin in his mouth. If the water washes the coin from the boar’s mouth and it falls into the grate below, you will have good luck and you will be sure to return to Florence. The coins are used to support an orphanage.

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