A late 19th century Swiss Black Forest carved wood figure of a hunter
probably by Johann Huggler the standing figure holding a rifle in his left hand and a rabbit in his right, on a naturalistic base, 41cm high
Johann Huggler set up his workshop in Meringen, about twelve miles from Brienz. He was a renowned carver and was very highly regarded within the trade. This led to him becoming an informal spokesperson, and being on the governing board of the Schnitzlerschule school, eventually convincing the school to participate in the Chicago World Fair. He specialised in heroic figures such as knights in armour, but his personal love of hunting and shooting led him to produce works of this theme such as the present carving. It has been noted that there is a strong resemblance between the present carving and photographs of the sculptor himself, and so it may well have been a self portrait of the sculptor. This model is illustrated Peter F. Blackman, Black Forest Woodcarvings , page 147.