Kest Schwartzman is a metalsmith trained at Massachusetts College of Art. She has been making masks for over a decade. She is now embarking on a journey to make a mask for every creature in the 1969 version of Borges' "The Book of Imaginary Beings" as translated by Norman Thomas Di Giovanni
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Lunar Hare: Chapter 72
Lunar Hare- Copper with patina, Jade, silver bezel
Different cultures ascribe different beings to live in the moon. It is easy for us, as Americans, to see the man in the moon. In China, it is a hare. A perfectly normal hare. From Borges- "The Chinese speak of a Lunar hare. Buddha, in one of his former lives, suffered hunger; in order to feed him, a Hare leaped into a fire. The Buddha in gratitude sent the Hare's soul to the moon...In the common speech of certain provinces, this Hare is called the Physician or the Precious Hare or the Hare of Jade. "