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Thursday, May 26, 2016

war rabbit

the walters art museum. Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters. creative commons 0 license.
Once (in Japan, perhaps in the 19th century) this rabbit served a martial purpose.  He's a kurikata, a knob with which a cord can be attached to a wooden scabbard.  His unusual coloring is due to his being made of the alloy shibuichi, which is a mixture of silver and copper, with golden eyes.

1 comment:

parlance said...

War rabbit. Of course, that title caught my attention! Lovely piece, but what a pity it's a bout war. Only we stupid humans go to war. (As far as I know.) I can't help thinking of the 'killer rabbits' in Monty Python.