There is a folktale in South Korea that a rabbit lives on the moon. Legend has it that the rabbit pounds the ingredients for rice cakes with a mortar and pestle. It’s a special story and Jean loves rabbits! But this pendant story goes back even further.
While we were living in Seoul in the ’70s, Jean had a little shop in the Summer Palace with her friend, Julia Lee (Princess Lee). They used to commission local artisans to create objects with Jean’s designs. This jewelry pendant was carved in mother-of-pearl from one of Jean’s drawings inspired by the Korean folktale.
Here is a link to an article by Shimou Zhou with some other pictures of rabbits on the moon (one of our favourites is the print of the Rabbit and the Monkey King by Yoshitoshi):