German Wooden Easter Bunnies from the Erzgebirge
Easter Rabbits bringing Eggs are a very German tradition. The Erzebirge Mountains in Germany are famous for their beautiful seasonal Wood Carvings, so Easter Time, the carvings are of der Osterhase… the Easter Bunny!. The Hand Carved German Wooden Easter Bunnies are made into ornaments, smokers, figurines, candles and pyramids. You can even find beautiful and collectible music boxes.
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German Wooden Easter Rabbits
Like the Christmas Carvings, these German Erzgebirge Easter Rabbit decorations are sure to become a family heirloom. I was lucky enough to inherit a sweet bunny couple… and I plan to pass them on to my children. (With 3 kids, I definitely will have to get a few more bunnies …. luckily Rabbit multiply so easily….)
It’s fun to decorate your home at Easter with these hand crafted Easter Rabbits from Germany.
Brief History of Wood Carving in the Erzgebirge Mountains
The Erzgebirge Mountains (Ore Mountains) in South Eastern Germany (once a part of the German Democratic Republic or DDR) were a center for silver and tin mining. Because Miners needed to be familiar with tools and woodwork to help shore up the tunnels. In their off-time, the miners would carve figures and toys,
As time passed, and the mines stopped producing, the people of the Erzgebirge needed another way to make money. Their land was not ideal for farming… but the talent for woodcarving was famous. They began producing toys and religious figures to sell to tradesmen, who would take their wares all over Germany.
Today, there are several main Workshops or Collectives of families that maintain the old traditions of hand carved and hand painted figures. These Pyramids, Incense Smokers, Music Boxes and Figurines are destined to become family heirlooms.
Easter Rabbit History… Where Does der Osterhase Come From?
Why does the Easter Rabbit Bring Eggs?
Since well before the time of Christianity, Eggs have been a symbol of Fertility and Spring. People would give a gift of eggs in the springtime as a sign of good fortune. Somewhere along the way, folks started dying the eggs with dye made from Spring Flowers…. in order to bring the colors of spring into the home.
And what about the Rabbit?
Rabbits have also had a long association with Spring and Fertility. And interestingly enough, they are also associated with the Church… some thought that the female Hare could become pregnant without losing virginity, much like Mary, the mother of Jesus.
In Catholic Tradition, Eggs were forbidden to be eaten during Lent… this means there was a surplus of Eggs on Easter Sunday. They would be dyed and eaten in celebration. But German Protestant families didn’t practice fasting during Lent… so they came up with the story of an Easter Rabbit or Hare that would bring colored Eggs to good children (much like Santa Claus).
This tradition traveled to the United States in the 18th Century with German Immigrants.
And so… we have a rabbit bringing colored eggs.
Click the link to Read more about the Easter Bunny –>Easter Bunny History
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German Wooden Easter Bunny Figurines
Here a few cute German Wooden Easter Bunnies to decorate your home. These are a bit more modern than the ones I have… find the vintage ones below.
Cute Miniature of 2 Easter Artist Painting an Egg 2 InchCute Miniature of 3 Piece Easter Water 3 InchZeidler Bunny Man With Pansy Hand Made in GermanyCute Miniature Bunny Couple with One Baby on Park Bench and Other in Carriage 3 InchZeidler Bunnies Moving Harvest Wagon Made in GermanyCute Miniature of Bunny in Pink Clothes Sitting on Egg 3 InchPinnacle Peak Trading Company Easter Bunny Rabbit with Flower German Erzgebirge FigurinePinnacle Peak Trading Company Rabbit with Eggshell Full of Easter Eggs German Wood Bunny Figurine Made Germany
Find Vintage German Wooden Easter Bunnies on Etsy
These Vintage Rabbits look more like mine… and there are some FABULOUS deals here!
Wood Easter Bunny Figurine from Germany Vintage Wood Chicks Flowers in Erzgebirge Style Bunnies Spring Decor Handmade Scene Old RabbitsEaster Figurine Merry-Go-Round with Bunny Rabbits Vintage Germany Wood Playground Erzgebirge Style Spring Decor Handmade Rustic FarmhouseEaster Bunny Figurines 3 Wood Erzgebirge Rabbits Vintage Germany Handmade Rustic Decoration Spring Bunnies Collectible Wood Toy Spring DecorVintage Bunny School German Erzgebirge Easter figurine DecorationVintage Easter Bunnys Painting Eggs German Erzgebirge figurine DecoratiErzgebirge Easter Family of Bunny egg painters
German Wooden Easter Bunnies are cute Candle Holders and Pyramids!
Candles and Pyramids are another German Wooden ornament that isn’t just for Christmas anymore! The colors and styles are different, more “Spring” oriented… so they are perfect for your sideboard or Easter Table!
Zeidler Bunny Rabbit with Children Tealight Pyramid, 9in,German Tea Light Candle Pyramid with 2 Bunny Easter Painters 10 InchGerman Tea Light Candle Bloom Pyramid with Bunny Mother with Children 9 InchGerman Tea Light Candle Pyramid with 3 Bunny Children 10 Inch
Easter Bunny Smokers
Incense smokers aren’t just for Christmas! These cute smokers are rabbits, or rabbit houses… fun at Easter time! Just add a cone of incense, light it, and smoke will come out of the chimney or cigar.
German incense smoker Easter bunny, height 19 cm / 7 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller SeiffenGerman incense smoker Easter bunny Bavarian, height 18 cm / 7 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller SeiffenGerman Incense Smoker Bunny Boy – Gustav – 30cm / 12inch – Hubrig Volkskunst