The Luck of the ‘Little Pig’

Today I stumbled upon something that truly made me smile – I just had to share it with you all.

A little over three years ago I was in Florence, the Mercato Nuovo to be exact. Like every keen tourist I went to visit the art, and in particular Pietro Tacca’s Il Porcellino (Little Pig). I was walking along Macquarie Street today and just outside Sydney Hospital there stood one of the five copies cast by the Florence foundry, Fonderia Ferdinando Marinelli in 1962.

This copy of the wild boar was donated to the Sydney Hospital by Marchessa Clarissa Torrigiani in memory of her father and brother. Both had been renown surgeons at the hospital. Marchessa saved for seven years to purchase Il Porcellino.

Rumour has it that if you rub the boar’s snout he will bring you good luck. It has certainly worked for me, I am very privileged and grateful for all the things that have happened in my life, including my new adventure to Australia.

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Then and now.

The other copies of Il Porcellino can be found in California, Canada (University of Waterloo) and British Colombia (Butchart Gardens, Victoria).

Here’s to some more great luck!


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