Not only does the piggy bank's size and shape make an impression on us, also the skill in which it was made is remarkable. The potter turned the clay up on the wheel like a flask, then tipped it on its side and formed it into shape. The artisan created the stain pattern with a spatter whisk, which he dipped into a container of very thin, coloured clay paste. The piggy bank was probably never used, otherwise it would have been 'slaughtered'. Figurative vessels in which children could collect coins were not an invention of the 19th century. Clay money boxes are already known from the Middle Ages.