Object detail

Toy Walking Rabbit, made of wood painted brown. Jacket pained green and olive. Eyes painted red and facial details painted black. Other details pained black. Left ear broken.
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L55 x W45 x H125 mm
Media/Materials description
Indeterminate Softwood (Woods)
Indeterminate (Metals - Indeterminate)
History and use
Judging by the rabbit's painted costume, this item is likely to date from the early Twentieth century. Mass produced automatons like this became popular in the Nineteenth century and came to be known as wind-up machines or wind-up toys. Prior to this, automatons (mechanically driven, moving objects) were intended for adult entertainment and spectacle, and were far more complex than the simple wood, plastic and tin items of the 19th and 20th century, aimed at children.

This object is part of the Marks collection, donated to the Queensland Museum by Dr E.N. Marks. The Marks were a prominent Brisbane family who made significant contributions to the fields of science and medicine.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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