Judging the distances the images seem to have traveled, one can only guess at why they were considered so important. This is a case that has been studied for a very long time and as of yet, no solid answers have been agreed on.
The Three Hares
Photo credit: Ji-Elle, Ti’Michel
The Three Hares symbol itself is relatively simple. Three hares or rabbits are arranged in a rough triangle so that each appears to have two ears, even though there are only three ears in the design.
The design appears in ancient Buddhist cave temples and on Sui dynasty textiles made in the seventh and eighth centuries. It’s carved into medieval English churches and inscribed on Mongol coins from the era of Genghis Khan. It appears in historic Ukrainian synagogues and the cathedrals of France and Germany.
It’s not clear how the symbol became so popular or traveled so far, and there’s no agreement on what it’s supposed to represent. It may have originated in ancient Persia, where it was particularly popular. But that’s just a conjecture, and the story of the Three Hares looks set to remain a mystery
One more mystery from long ago that we still don't have a clue as to it's clear origin or meaning. You ust have to love a mystery like this!
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