God of the Pigsty
The horse, ox. sheep, pig, dog and chicken were called "the six domestic animals," each having its use, in ancient China. There was the Ox King for oxen and Horse God for horses. To free pigs from contracting disease and allow them to grow fat, mere was also the God of Pigsty, whose name and origin are uncertain. The God of Pigsty in this picture wears a skull cap, a short jacket and long pants, ca rues a bucket of hogwash and feeds the sow with a ladle. The pigsty is built of bricks with a tiled roof and decorations on the wall. The four characters above the window mean, "Grow by day and fatten by night." There are trees outside the pigsty and five lovable piglings looking for food. The picture reflects a farmer's wish that his pigs are protected by god, grow fat and produce many piglings.
This wooden statuette of the Pig Go made in the Qing dynasty has a human body and a pig's head and is dressed like a official.