Wild Boar Sow / Bachen 2022

Bronze, Signed Hamish Mackie
Numbered Edition of 12
Dated 2022

23cm high x 17cm wide x 48cm long / 9″ x 6.5″ x 19″

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£6,700 inc VAT

After spending many happy hours in the Ardennes studying wild boar, Hamish has created a sounder of seven wild boar sculptures.

This sculpture is the Wild Boar Sow / Bachen 2022.

A sounder is a female-dominated family group of wild boar, comprising several generations of sows with and without offspring, led by the most mature breeding female. Females up to 25 months are known as bachen. They will remain with their mothers in the group or set up new territories close by.

Wildboar are one of the most wide ranging mammals in the world, listed by the World Conservation Union as one of the most invasive species. They number more than ten million in the EU alone. After man, the grey wolf is the main predator of wild boar.


“Each age and sex of wild boar move and behave in a very different way. I have enjoyed putting these differences into my sculptures, the boar at the back having a much heavier gait than the lighter young. When a sounder is running past, it is hard to distinguish the age and sex of the boars. I have incorporated the telltale signs in these sculptures, right down to tail hair length.” (Hamish Mackie)

The wild boar has been used as an emblem since antiquity. The earliest known depiction of a wild boar was drawn 45,500 years ago. The most well known is Il Porcellino, a bronze fountain of a boar with a polished nose in Florence. It was sculpted around 1634 as a copy from a Hellenistic marble original.

Sculpture in the Making

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    The entire group of wild boar sculptures, the Wild Boar Sounder, is available to purchase together or individually – Wild Boar Keiler, Wild Boar Bachen, Wild Boar Trio Überlaufer, Wild Boar Pair Frischlinge.

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