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Metal porcupine figure

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3146, Metal porcupine figure, 20th century

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: American
Material: Metal
Dimensions: 12 x 16 x 8 cm

Metal figure of a porcupine with quills displayed on Freud's desk.

A memento of Freud's trip to the USA in 1909 with Jung and Ferenczi, thought to have been given to Freud by James Putnam. It was apparently a joke amongst them that Freud went to America only to see a wild porcupine and just incidentally give some lectures on psychoanalysis. Freud incorporated Schopenhauer's use of the porcupine as a metaphor in describing the difficulties of group relationships. 

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