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Rabbit accessories create festive atmosphere

By Li Hongrui | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-09-19 15:45
A rabbit earring worn by Empress Xiaojing from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) upon the opening of her coffin. [Photo/China Daily]

Soft, fluffy and with a cotton tail — the universally beloved rabbit also serves as a auspicious token in traditional Chinese legends.

Unlike Western culture, in which the animal is connected with a lunatic spirit, Chinese mythology found a sacred job for the rabbit: cooking up medicine on the moon.

In the myth, the little creature also works part-time as a pet of Chang'e, goddess of the moon, getting a name for itself, "jade rabbit".

As a creature from folklore, the jade rabbit has been featured in many forms of art, from literature to jewelry.

A costume (left) wore by actors who played the role of Flower Goddess of August in the Qing Dynasty; a close look (right) at the embroidery on the costume. [Photo/dpm.org.cn]

A pair of earrings, featuring a jade rabbit making medicine, found its way onto the ears of Ming Dynasty Empress Xiaojing in her coffin.

Given that the empress, who never got true love and affection from the emperor, suffered from loneliness all her life, wearing such earrings might be a sign of hope she would not be lonely in the cold and dark tomb.

In the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), there were also snuff boxes made in the shape of a rabbit.

Since Mid-Autumn Festival will fall on this Sunday, you can also give decorations featuring rabbits a try.

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