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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

A pitchfork is an agricultural tool with a long handle and tynes used to lift and pitch or throw loose material, such as hay, straw or leaves.

Pitchforks and scythes have frequently been used as weapons by those who could not afford or did not have access to more expensive weapons such as swords, or, later, guns. As a result, pitchforks and scythes are stereotypically carried by angry mobs or gangs of enraged peasants.

Because of its association with peasantry, the pitchfork is often a populist symbol.

A notable American artistic display of a three-pronged pitchfork is in American Gothic, the painting by Grant Wood. In this painting it symbolizes hand labour. There are other paintings by various artists which depict a wide variety of pitchforks and other tools in use and at rest.

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