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Objeto museológico (PDB)

Pig Slaughter
Author: Unknown
Origin: Unknown
Dating: Unknown
Material: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions (cm): 94,5 x 122,5
Inv. no.: MNSR1132 / PD1345dep

The Pig slaughter was one of the most traditional and significant pagan celebrations in Portugal, gathering families, neighbours and friends. Pig slaughters took place during winter time when agricultural activities were scarce and when the cold helped to preserve the meat.

Along with the act itself, there was a true festivity that united both the family as well as the community. Slaughters played a relevant social role in the heavily structured and traditional rural communities. The amount of pigs that were slaughtered was a measurer of social status and of condition.