Papier-mache Figurine – Rabbit

A colourful papier-mâché rabbit made in Nara using the Japanese hariko method.

£32 per item


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Creating figurines is an age-old craft in Japan. Small humanoid and animal figurines made of clay have been discovered which date as far back as the Jōmon period (approx. 14,000-400 BC). As one of the earliest forms of craftsmanship and creative expression, the creation of such figurines grew in popularity as people experimented with new techniques and materials such as wood, metal and paper. The Japanese technique of hariko is one such example. These hariko figurines have been created at the Good Job! Center Kashiba which strives to create jobs in various industries for people with disabilities. Instead of a carved wooden or bamboo mould that would normally be wrapped in washi (Japanese paper), they use 3D printed moulds and wrap them in either washi or newspaper which has been soaked in a specially prepared mix of glue and chalk to create the figurines. Without removing the mould within, the figurines are simply painted by hand using special white paint called gofun, and acrylic paint for the colours. Hariko has been used for centuries in Japan to create a wide variety of folk toys. These toys are often used as ornaments or as good luck charms carrying symbolic meanings. One of the twelve zodiac animals, rabbits are considered a lucky animal in Japan. Following the 12 year astrological cycle of the Japanese zodiac, the year 2023 will be the year of the rabbit.

As each piece is handmade, there might be individual differences.

Size: L5 cm x W4.5 cm x H7 cm

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