Animal masks Folktales and beliefs about wild animals often mirror our own emotions. These mask draw from that heritage. A well-known Finnish proverb “Hot said the rabbit in the cold” stands for: “Never mind if things are difficult or the weather is bad.” Finnish hare have evolved to survive in extreme temperatures. Their fur color changes from brown in the summer to white during the winter to protect them from the predators. The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing - one of Aesop’s fables - teaches us that appearances can be deceptive: a lethal wolf masquerades as a meek sheep. Wolf in Deer’s Clothing twists this upside down. A deer’s skin mask surprisingly looks more like a wolf than a deer: the hunted becomes the hunter. - Teemu Järvi Illustrations

Animal masks

Folktales and beliefs about wild animals often mirror our own emotions. These mask draw from that heritage. A well-known Finnish proverb “Hot said the rabbit in the cold” stands for: “Never mind if things are difficult or the weather is bad.” Finnish hare have evolved to survive in extreme temperatures. Their fur color changes from brown in the summer to white during the winter to protect them from the predators. The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing - one of Aesop’s fables - teaches us that appearances can be deceptive: a lethal wolf masquerades as a meek sheep. Wolf in Deer’s Clothing twists this upside down. A deer’s skin mask surprisingly looks more like a wolf than a deer: the hunted becomes the hunter.

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