The 3 Hares- My original painting with the ancient symbol.
  • The 3 Hares- My original painting with the ancient symbol.

The Three Hares Symbol-Original painting

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The Three Hares
Acrylic painting on canvas
Vienna, Austria 2020
120 x 150 cm / 47.2 x 59 in

Original painting

The original painting has a small painted signature and a protective varnish.

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The THREE HARES motif is a trinity symbol and appears in sacred sites from the Middle and the Far East to the churches of Devon, England, and historical synagogues in Europe. The earliest occurrences appear to be in cave temples in China, dated to the Sui dynasty (6th to 7th centuries). The iconography spread along the Silk Road and was a symbol associated also with Buddhism. While each hare seems to have two ears, the symbol is actually a visual puzzle: a total of three ears connects them in their endless loop. Some believe the hares (wild rabbits) symbolize eternity; others think they stand for fertility. Still, others consider them a representation of the connection between the heavens and the Earth. The original meaning of the three hares motif remains obscure, but it has a cross-cultural significance.

The hare was a happy animal for the Germanic spring goddess Ostara (Eostre) and considered as a fertility symbol.
Even today, the etymological relationship of the word "Easter" with the spring goddess "Ostara" (whose name goes back to "Eostre") is debated.
On clay lamps or mosaics - the motif of the hare can be found on many examples in art and architecture of antiquity. Here the hare/rabbit was considered a symbol of life and rebirth.
The first Easter Bunny legend was documented in the 1500s.
"The first written mention of the Easter Bunny, which hides eggs in the garden comes from 1682 from a scientific work of the medical professor Georg Franck von Franckenau.
In ancient times, it was widely believed that the hare was a hermaphrodite.
The idea that a hare could reproduce without loss of virginity led to an association with the Virgin Mary. It may also have been associated with the Holy Trinity, as in the three hares motif."

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