Dec 2, 2009
Dec 2, 2009

Mortuary Figure of the Zodiac Sign: Hare (Cancer)

Mortuary Figure of the Zodiac Sign: Hare (Cancer)


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Gray earthenware with traces of slip

Overall: 22.6 cm (8 7/8 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1972.76.4


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At some point in the past, both right and left ears were broken off close to the figure's head.


The twelve-animal zodiac series—rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and boar—signifies a traditional Chinese concept of time structured in a cyclical order. The twelve animals are also linked to the art of fortune-telling that underlies human existence in connection with the changes of the universe. The use of the twelve zodiac animals as tomb furniture suggests they provided a cosmological structure for the afterlife.

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