A large bronze sculpture of a robust hare, its features and musculature expertly rendered. Fine incised work complements the powerful representation of the creatureâ€™s body parts, emphasizing both the strength and the gentleness of this beloved animal. (The rabbit is associated with the folk tale of the "Rabbit and the Moon", a beloved story often portrayed in Japanese art. This theme was also representative of the samurai code and depicted on sword fittings and samurai accoutrements - signifying nobility and self-sacrifice.) This striking bronze rabbit is in very good condition with minor wear on nether side due to age and use.
Height: 5.25â€; length: 11.5â€
Meiji Period, Japan