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Image of the Week: Easter Bunnies

3 Apr, 2015

V0046794 Sketched of Rabbits

With the Easter break upon us we’re full of the joys of spring – and what better way to put a spring in your step but with some bunnies?

Our image of the week is from the Wellcome Images archive and is a 19th century Japanese sketch of some rabbits. The origin of the Easter bunny is not entirely clear, with some believing it stems from the pagan celebration of the spring goddess Eostre whose animal symbol was a rabbit. Others link it to the German tradition of Osterhase – “Easter Hare” – who judged whether children had been good and delivered baskets of coloured eggs the night before Easter.

Whatever you believe, we wish you a nice break, and will see you next week. If you’re looking for something to keep you (or your children!) busy, check out our April events listing or print yourself a free copy of the antique Game of the Golden Goose that we featured last year.

Wellcome Images is one of the world’s richest and most unusual collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. Over 100,000 high resolution images from our historical collections are now free to use under the Creative Commons-Attribution only (CC-BY) licence.

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