Exhibition of ancient rabbit-themed artifacts at the National Museum of China highlights crucial role that the animal has played in culture, Lin Qi reports.
The rabbit is an endearing animal. Its cute, vulnerable look is in sharp contrast to its intellect, agility and dexterity. It features prominently in art and culture, and the most famous examples in the Western world include the White Rabbit, a character from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the children's book written by British author Lewis Carroll in the 19th century, and Peter Rabbit, the mischievous protagonist of British author Beatrix Potter's illustrated work.
In Chinese culture, the most famous rabbit is Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, the faithful companion of Chang'e, the moon goddess.