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Black and Gold Rabbit Mask by merimask Black and Gold Rabbit Mask by merimask
Here's another rabbit mask based on the Black Rabbit of Inle', a character in the novel "Watership Down"...one of my favorite books. Another custom order from my etsy shop: [link]

As ever, this is made from hand-carved, hand shaped 8oz tooling leather. Painted with Liquitex acrylics in black and bright gold. The stone inlay is snowflake obsidian.
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DryadStudios Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hello! :wave: This wonderful-wabbit piece was featured recently in our Easter Feature!
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fairhaired-cutey Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!! =D this is so awesome! I would totally buy this!!
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FoxyMouse Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one's just WOW.
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bean-of-the-opera Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
cool!!!
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toonedfa Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Very beautiful looking

But, I'm sure as others have told you, it looks more like a cat (a lynx) than it does a rabbit/hare
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sallyland Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
these are all just amazing! you're very talented.
how much do you charge for your rabbit masks?
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SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Another cute lil' bunny rabbit!
And the designs around the face are fantastic! ^^
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estalfos Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
look like a beautiful magic mask :)
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shirabara Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
There's something really captivating about this mask. I'm loving the contrast of black and gold here. It's fantastic.
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aelthwyn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like the design of this one!
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StrikeRedkite Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I remember seeing this earlier in your gallery and liking it, and I still really like it! The stone really adds to that sense of majesty that the rabbits hold to the Black Rabbit.
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FadingFoxglove Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Awesome! And absolutely beautiful, too. :)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the bold ornamentation!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are still my hero! The shape and movement on this one is really beautiful, and I think that's what I love more than anything - the way the ears are, I just picture it sprinting away!
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fantasyangelforever Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
love it~! :icondragonwant:
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X-bloodyprincess-X Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw ! waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw ! O_O

could you please tell me how to make a real mask by my self like this ! i wish if i could crieat one by my self as i want it to be ! but i don't know how and what is the things i must use to make one like that ! please tell me how and what ! pleassse !
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Etrianya Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
That is a gorgeous color combo. I love black and gold.
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Rain-Mirror Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
would there be any way to get a mask with this style in different colors?
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petrova Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist
Oh, I really love the ears. So beautiful.
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KittieShade Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
omgosh love love love love! I love the detailing to it so much and how the gold parts pop out so much!
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EnigmaticEmpress Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This one is freaking awesome, rabbit variations are rare in masks, I think, and you've made him mysterious but adorable!
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HikariNoAi Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Your masks are always so amazing... Someday I will be this awesome.... someday...
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lonewylfe Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Didn't you do this one in silver a while back? I love it with the gold, and the snowflake obsidian provides a nice, subtle touch of luxury.
The black rabbit didn't make much of an impact on me when I read the book, but when I saw the movie, oh man! I was scared for weeks.
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Nightbow Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous designs. I really need to read that book again...
Was it the client that requested the gold coloring? Just as a personal preference I would think that silver against black would better represent the Black Rabbit of Inle' (being represented by the moon) but then I love all black and metallic pairings.
Great work as always :heart:
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Treyos Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
And the ears are specially designed to help you run faster!
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dragona742 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is one of the best masks based on BRoI so far :)
The golden forms look so smooth, and the shape of the ears are really nice :)
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really neat. Makes me think of a fantasy version of a rabbit. I love the ears, and the nose is adorable, haha.
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smokewithoutmirrors Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is awesome. I love the shape and pattern, and the colours work beautifully. I vaguely remember the Black Rabbit (it's been so long since I read Watership Down, or watched the movie), but I can safely say that regardless of whether your design sticks to the original or not, it's still beautiful.
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mixxi90 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i like this one^^ its hot
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ZaeavYeelell Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE this. I love the gold design and I LOVE the way you've done the ears.
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MyntKat Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous, I love the ears!
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Jayla-Warden Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Initially I clicked on this because it reminded me of the Bioshock masks, but when I found out that it is actually the Black Rabbit of Inle I was delighted beyond words! This is such a beautiful mask and amazing care and dedication has obviously gone into making this.

I loved the Watership Down books and I wish the Black Rabbit of Inle's story was expanded a bit more in the film, he has an amazing story. Along with Prince of rabbits.
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kristaology Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing! Watership Down is one of my favorite books, too. Its beautiful. Awesome job!
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asimpleparadox Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
this is such a beautiful mask, and really suits the watership down 'death rabbit' as it were. Stupid book makes me cry every time. Really like the rabbit nose, and the mouth area.
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Amane96 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so awesome! I would like this mask better if it wasn't a rabbit but just a normal mask with the same design and color. The ears I like alot too though!
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful mask! I love the way you did the ears. Gold on black is gorgeous.
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curiouser-etc Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
I watched the animated Watership Down movie when I was little. So traumatic. That rabbit (all the rabbits really, and the cat, and the bird, and the dog...) will always freak me out. The mask is beautiful though!
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoah! COOL mask!
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ihni Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Oooh, nice. How do you make the stone stick there? Glue?
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wind-hime-kaze Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
*A*
its so cute
i like how is marked the nose and the gold color on it, notorious but not excesive

=^^= =^^= =^^=
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b3designsllc Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
ĦQue Bonita!
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Vetriz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Wonderful work !
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is quite beautiful, though it hardly looks like a rabbit =D
I need to read this book.
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CrimzonJester Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Are you Kidding? this resembles a Rabbit quite well. Just not the Big upright ears. This is a rabbit on the move. :)
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merimask Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) It is pretty heavily stylized. The character it's based on is not a real rabbit either...more like the rabbit version of "Death".

Definitely read the book! It's a classic.
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