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The Hare (An Giorria Eireannach)
Inspired by our natural landscape, the Native Collection limited edition framed HARE is illustrated by our sister Deirdre. The original artwork is laser engraved onto home-grown, hardwood flaming beech, which boasts a beautifully unique natural grain. No two pieces are the same.
The Irish mountain hare is one of Ireland’s longest established indigenous species of mammal. It is distinguished from the brown hare by having a stockier build, shorter ears and a white tail. The most well known reference to the Irish Hare was it’s presence on the Irish Half Penny. It is also associated with the banshee as the hare’s cry is almost human like.
The Witch-Hare and supernatural theft: In Irish folklore hares are undoubtedly connected with witchcraft. Many stories across this land have been told of cows mysteriously and unaccountably losing their milk. When the farmer sets a watch in the early morning all he sees amongst his cattle is an innocent looking hare. But, this is an enchanted hare; an old hag in the shape of a hare stealing milk from his cows. Time after time the farmer fails to shoot this particular hare. A wise old village elder says, “I am not surprised at it, she’s a witch-hare, and sorra a mother’s son could hit her without a crooked sixpence in his gun”.
Size 33 x 12.5 x 38 x 31 x 5 cm
This item comes in an eco friendly, recyclable gift box.