Piggy Bank

Piggy Bank



Overall: 24.2 cm (9 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1980.16

Did you know?

The word for piggy bank in Eastern Java is tjèlèngan, meaning ‘wild boar.’


Do I look familiar to you? My round and exaggerated form makes me perfect for storing precious coins, which could be inserted through the slot (now closed) on the hump of my back. My fierce expression is a warning to scare off any burglars, and the padlock and chain around my neck indicate my function as a personal bank. Yes, I am a piggy bank—a lucky one that has survived intact for over 500 years! Usually we end up broken by people who want our coins.

See also
Javanese Art
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