Miss Piggy Puppet

Miss Piggy Puppet

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Description (Brief)
Miss Piggy is a hand-rod puppet originally performed by Frank Oz and currently performed by Eric Jacobson. In a hand-rod puppet, like Miss Piggy, the performer’s dominant hand goes into the puppet’s head and operates the mouth and sometimes other facial features. The less dominant hand controls the arm rods, which are thin rods connected to the puppet’s hands. Miss Piggy is a diva pig who believes she is a superstar. She is madly in love with Kermit the Frog and is an expert in karate. Miss Piggy began as “Piggy Lee” on The Tonight Show in 1974 and eventually the “Lee” was dropped so as not to upset Peggy Lee. Miss Piggy then became a major character on The Muppet Show.
Object Name
date made
Oz, Frank
Jacobson, Eric
Henson, Jim
Physical Description
foam (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
feathers (overall material)
overall: 35 in x 17 in x 11 in; 88.9 cm x 43.18 cm x 27.94 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson: Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson
Muppet Show
Television broadcasts
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Jim Henson
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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