My mom bought me this little chanchito statue a while ago. It’s a Chilean good luck charm which originated in the village Pomaire, known for their pottery. I noticed it in the gift shop at the Autry Museum and had to have it because its face cracked me up. Mom and I were at the museum the other day and she noticed they’re now selling tinier versions of this statue, with elongated tails wrapped into a loop so you can turn them into a necklace.
Again, I chose this one because its face cracks me up. All chanchitos are handmade, so all their faces are different and some of them aren’t perfect. I wasn’t looking for perfection, I was looking for character. I guess you could say I was looking for the Hatchet-Face of chanchitos.
I’m not entirely sure what I’ll do with the little one, I haven’t yet decided if I’ll turn it into a necklace or just let it chill on my desk with the big one. They can both stare at me with their crazy “HEY THERE HOW’S IT GOING” faces.