Earthenware tile, William de Morgan

Earthenware tile, William de Morgan

Earthenware tile
William de Morgan
England
About 1872-1876
Museum no. CIRC.118-1915

This tile shows two hares, possibly boxing. In the wild male hares can be seen boxing when they are fighting for the affections of a female. Hares can mate at any time of year but this scene is particularly associated with the month of March when we are most likely to notice this ritual due to the short crops in the fields. Hares are generally seen leaping and chasing each other during March which has lead to the use of the phrase 'mad as a March hare'. They are not mad, just full of the joys of spring!