The pendant is 35 mm high including bail
Supplied on a 45 cm (18") chain, in a St Justin gift box
Bronze Celtic Three Hares Pendant
Throughout the world, there are long-spoken tales of hares; from the Americas to the Far East, from Africa to Europe, the hare is embedded in the folk myths of our ancestors. It is associated in mythology with the Moon the celestial skies and the Sun, with fertility, the dawn, cunning and bravery. There is evidence of hare mythology in ancient pottery, coins, seals, hieroglyphs and in oral history.
The Celts believed that the goddess Eostre's favourite animal and attendant spirit was the hare. It represented love, fertility and growth and was associated with the Moon, dawn and Easter - death, redemption and resurrection. Eostre changed into a hare at the full Moon. The hare was sacred to the White Goddess - the Earth Mother - and as such was considered to be a royal animal. Boudicca was said to have released a hare as a good omen before each battle and to divine the outcome of battle by the hare's movements. She took a hare into battle with her to ensure victory and it was said to have screamed like a woman from beneath her cloak.
The picture of the three hares, joined by their ears, can be found in Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist cultures, separated by great distances and time: in British and European medieval churches, in a German synagogue, on Iranian metalwork and in Buddhist temples from China’s Sui dynasty. The hare symbolises femininity and fertility and is usually associated with the divine or magic. The three hares are also thought to represent the Holy Trinity.