Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Elixir (Moon Rabbit)

On my research trips to Manchester Museum I normally zoom straight to the fabulous mineral collection, the Egyptian artefacts or pay a quick visit to bizarre Jim Henson-esque exotic furry little mammals.
On my last trip there I also popped into the China Exhibition "Journey to the East". In one of the cabinets I spied a small round plaque with a rabbit shaped fellow and a big mixing pot.


This was the Moon Rabbit, also known as the Jade Rabbit.
In Chinese folklore the markings on the moon which appeared as the silhouette of a rabbit or hare were the companion for Moon Goddess Chang'e, mixing the Elixir of life/immortality for her. There are many more wonderful tales from different cultures about this moon rabbit and how it ended up in the sky, but this one in particular really spoke to me (as another Jade rabbit, mixing potions in her workshop). So these are the first pictures of my new collection inspired by this hardworking little luna lapin.


Moon rabbit Medallion

Elixir Brooch


Elixir Brooches





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