CLAIR DE LUNE
1. moonlight. Literal translation: “light of the moon”.
2. a pale, greyish-blue glaze applied to various kinds of Chinese porcelain.
Etymology: French, clair (light) + de (of) + lune (moon).
Folklore: a rabbit that lives on the moon, based on pareidolia that identifies the markings of the moon as a rabbit. The story exists in many cultures, particularly in Aztec mythology and East Asian folklore, where it is seen pounding in a mortar and pestle. In Chinese folklore, it is often portrayed as a companion of the moon goddess Chang’e, constantly pounding the elixir of life for her; but in Japanese and Korean versions, it is just pounding the ingredients for rice cake.
Dan Ah Kim | Nomad
mixed media, 2009