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Lot 1248: Chinese Painted Rabbit Figurine
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Tang Dynasty, 618-906 AD, or later. A terracotta figurine of a rabbit modelled in the round with one forepaw raised, ears pricked; pigment detailing to the ears, nose and eyes, hole to the underside. 3.1 kg, 32cm (12 1/2"). From the Cheuk family collection; formed before 1970. The rabbit plays an important part in Chinese religion and was considered to be highly auspicious. It is one of the twelve animals that is represented in the Chinese zodiac and is more commonly associated with the moon. In this capacity it is known as the Jade Rabbit and lives on the moon with the goddess Chang'e. The goddess is the guardian of the elixir of life which the rabbit makes by pounding various herbs under a osmanthus tree; the goddess then gives the elixir to those that she favours.
Condition Report: Fine condition.