Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Michoacan, ca. 100 BCE. A delightful buffware molded pottery representation of a chubby rabbit with hand-modeled details. This bunny was probably modeled intended to be a child's toy. The rabbit sits with its legs splayed out; it is so endearingly chubby (pleasantly plump) that its legs don't touch the ground, instead the bunny rests on its round stomach! Size: 5.8" L x 3.3" W x 5" H (14.7 cm x 8.4 cm x 12.7 cm)
Rabbits were a domesticated animal in ancient Mesoamerica; for example, a rabbit farm and butcher shop has been excavated in the Teotihuacan neighborhood of Oztoyahualco that contained remains of six different kinds of rabbits. These seem to have been bred both as pets and as food. Whoever made this figure was probably familiar with the animals and may have even modeled this chubby fellow on their own special lagomorph.
Provenance: Ex-Harvey Collection, acquired prior to 1972
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