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Haldeman cribs (2)

It took me a while to figure out that the carved creature at the foot of this crib is supposed to be a rabbit. Look very closely and you will see the long ears laid flat against its back and the powerful haunches to power the backlegs.

Haldeman cribs (3)

I don’t know what, if any, symbolic significance the rabbit has in funerary art – I’ve not been able to find it in my usual references. Maybe it is a symbol we are missing or maybe the Haldeman child buried here had an affection for rabbits or a particularly treasured bunny, whether real or plush.
Haldeman cribs (4)

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