Pig Tales. A Talk by Patricia Bjaaland Welch


Photo: E. Han Pigsty, earthenware partially glazed


As the Chinese world approaches the Year of the Pig, come learn about the many forms and meanings pigs have taken in Asian and Southeast Asian art and history. From the pig-headed house god of ancient Tibet to one of China’s most beloved literary figures in Journey to the West, the pig holds a special position throughout the region. This talk is the most recent addition to the speaker’s series on the various animals of the Chinese Calendar.

Following up last year’s popular talk on the Year of the Dog, author Patricia Bjaaland Welch (author of Oxford University Press’ Chinese New Year and Tuttle’s Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery) is going to discuss this year's incoming zodiac star—the pig, and its roles and symbolism in Chinese art and history.

Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Place: The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Rd, Sukhumvit 21

Non-members donation: B200. Siam Society members, members’ spouses and children, and all students showing valid student ID cards are admitted free of charge. For more information, please contact Khun Arunsri or

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The Siam Society is deeply grateful to the James H.W. Thompson Foundation for its generous support of the 2018-2019 Lecture Series.