The Three Hares Symbol-Original painting
The Three Hares
Acrylic painting on canvas
Vienna, Austria 2020
120 x 150 cm / 47.2 x 59 in
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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.
- Unity in Diversity: The three hares symbolize the concept of unity amidst diversity. Each hare represents a different individual or group, highlighting how diverse elements can coexist and interact harmoniously.
- Interconnectedness: The chasing hares symbolize the interconnected nature of the world. They suggest that actions or events in one part of the system can have an impact on other parts, emphasizing the interconnectedness and interdependence of various aspects of life.
- Perpetual Motion: The perpetual motion of the chasing hares signifies a continuous cycle or flow, reflecting the eternal nature of life, time, and the universe.
- Symbol of Good Fortune: In some cultures, the three hares symbolize good luck, prosperity, and abundance. The image is believed to bring positive energy and blessings to those who encounter it.
- Some believe the hares (wild rabbits) symbolize eternity; others think they stand for fertility, and the cycles of life. 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.
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.
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