Pair of Sitting Boars (or Wild Boars)

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PAIR OF SITTING BOARS (OR WILD BOARS)
Carl Milles
Cast 1929, Bronze

Carl Milles designed variations of sitting and running boars. In many cultures, the wild boar symbolizes courage, leadership, and fierceness in battle; however, female boars (or sows) symbolize abundance, nourishment, wealth, and discovery. The boar has played notable roles in mythology, religion, and fiction due to these qualities. Here, the boars stand guard over the painted iron Nichols gate, designed by Eliel Saarinen.