Indonesian Pottery Piggy Bank

 

14848. Indonesian Pottery Piggy Bank

East Java, Indonesia, Circa 1294 to 1478 AD.

Red clay figure of corpulent form wearing a collar and large hollow belly with coin slit atop. Measurements: 9 inches L x 5inches H. The Long tradition of trade between China and Java culminated with the establishment of a trading colony in 1297. The Chinese were subsequently responsible for the first regular use of coins in Java which became widespread in the 15th century. During the 14th and 15th centuries, large numbers of terra-cotta animals were made, all provided with a slot on the back for insertion o f copper coinage. Pigs were particularly popular because of their association with prosperity and were modeled with great care.

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