Description: A trio of rabbits chase each other in an endless circle. The bunnies are set against patches of grass and flowers. The optical illusion of the design includes each rabbit appearing to have two ears, when in reality the entire piece has only three ears.
This design is a an example of ancient Christian symbolism. In the High Middle Ages the three hares symbolized the unity of the Trinity. Many renditions of the three hares can be found in Germany and Switzerland.
One example is the "Three Hares Window" in the Paderborn Cathedral (shown below). Three Hares themes can also be seen in the Cathedral of Münster under the vault of the St. John´s Choir (1250) in Germany; in the monastery Hardehausen; and on the Riehen estate in Switzerland.
Size: 3.5" (9.0 cm)