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Hare vessel

  • Hare vessel. Granada Archaeology and Ethnography Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Hare vessel. Granada Archaeology and Ethnography Museum © Ministerio de Cultura





Caliphal period (10th century)

Cultural background


Original title

Redoma de las liebres

Rabbits and hares were widely represented in Medieval Moorish pottery and are usually interpreted as good luck symbols.

This item is known as the "hare vessel", because of the four hare figures that dominate the composition. It has quite a flat globular body, without handles or appendages, at the top it keeps part of the narrow neck it used to have, which was presumably cylindrical and slender. The outside is decorated with horizontal and vertical strips, palmettes, plaits and small leaves, made of copper and manganese. The surface inside is protected by a green waterproof film.

Details of the work

Medina Elvira Archaeological Area (Atarfe, province of Granada)


Height = 15.3 cm; Max. diameter = 20.1 cm

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