Three Hares Decorative Terracotta Wall Tile
Beautiful decorative wall tile of three hares based on a medieval roof boss from St Hubert's Church, Corfe Mullen in Dorset. Photograph of wall boss taken by Chris Chapman Photography.
The tile measures 10.5 cm x 10.5 cm and has one hole fixing: between the front of one rabbit's legs and the others hind legs.
These tiles are hand made in Somerset using clay from Stoke-On-Trent.
The three hares share three ears as they chase each other around the design. Hares in this form have recently been found on the roof of a 6th century Buddhist temple in Dunhuang, Central China. Also on carpets and in other ways, the image must have travelled eastwards and westwards along the Silk Road. Archaeologists have traced examples in Syria, Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and the Northern Himalayan area. For Christians, the number three in any context became a representation of the Trinity, so the image can be also seen in the form of carvings and roof bosses in many medieval European churches. The symbol was adopted by the Guild of Tinners as their emblem, and it appears carved in several Cornish churches.
These frost resistant decorative pieces can be used as wall decor in many different situations in the home and garden: on a mantel piece or beam, on or over a door, kitchen splash back, in a porch, conservatory, gardens, gate/gate post, built into risers of steps or patio/courtyard wall, just to name a few.