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 will bind the all sorts of beautiful German decorations for your home!
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,
Woodcarving in the Erzgebirge– photo courtesy of Wikipedia
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.
Hare small knows 10 cm Easter folk art Easter bunny Seiffen Erzgebirge NEWMüller Easter bunny, female, height 18 cm / 7 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller SeiffenMüller Easter bunny, female, height 11 cm / 4 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller SeiffenEaster bunny group of height of 18cm Seiffen Christmas Easter Easter bunny Erzgebirge NEWMüller Easter bunny, female, at garden fence, height 14 cm / 6 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller SeiffenHare height of 18cm Seiffen Christmas Easter Easter bunny Erzgebirge NEWChristian Ulbricht Bunny with Easter Nest – 8,5 cm / 3.3 inchMüller Easter bunny, 2 bunnies, children, height 6 cm / 2 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller SeiffenMüller Easter bunny, male with wind wheel, height 11 cm / 4 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller SeiffenMüller Easter bunny, male, father with child on carriage, height 11 cm / 4 inch, coloured, original Erzgebirge by Mueller Seiffen
Find Vintage German Wooden Easter Bunnies on Etsy
These Vintage Rabbits look more like mine… and there are some FABULOUS deals here!
Vintage German Erzgebirge Easter Display Ornament Bunny FamilyErzgebirge Handarbell Bunny artist painting a yellow chick in egg on easel Erzgebirge folk art hand painted made in GermanyVintage Erzgebirge Easter bunnies German Wooden decoration folk art hand painted made in East GermanyVintage Erzgebirge Easter bunny Folk art hand painted made in East Germany German Easter Wooden decorationart hand painted made in East Germany German Easter Wooden decorationVintage Erzgebirge Wood Easter Bunny Rabbit with Egg Cart Figurine Decoration GermanyVintage German ESCO Erzgebirge Easter Bunny School Wooden Miniatures 1980s
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!
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 VolkskunstMüller German incense smoker Easter bunny, height 19 cm / 7 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller SeiffenMüller German incense smoker Easter bunny cook, height 19 cm / 7 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller SeiffenKWO Chubby Bunny Rabbit Breeder German Wood Christmas Incense Smoker Germany