An Odd (Really Odd) Couple in Lots of Clothing
I’m fairly well convinced that this pair was always intended as a shaker set, because their colour palette is more or less the same: the same dark green, with dark pink accents–and the smaller one’s face is the same brown as the larger one’s hair and shoes:
But for all that, they are surprisingly unlike each other. One is a bunny, maybe, or perhaps a mouse–or at least so its perky ears would suggest. The other? Well, not only does it not seem as bunny-like as its companion, but if we turn it around, we can see that it has wings like a bug:
So then, is this pair a fairy small bunny and a bug-sized bug? Or is it a very large bug and a bunny-sized bunny? One way or the other, I can think of no explanation for what these two might have to do with each other, or why one is wearing a clown hat and sucking a sucker.
The clown hat might well be the only piece of clothing the bug is wearing–the rest of it might be just naked bug surface. Oh, except what seem to be a pair of brown shoes. The bunny, on the other hand, has on, not only a similar pair of brown shoes, but what might a pair of fancy patterned bloomers, a shirt the same green colour as the bug’s bugskin (but which seems to be a shirt because it stoops at the wrists and reveal hands of a different colour, unlike the still-green hands of the bug), an apron, and a bow in the hair near her (I’m assuming) ear.
To add to the strangeness of this pair, the brown dots on the bug’s hat are exactly the same as the ones on his wings. So perhaps I am wrong in assuming that the cone of his head is a detachable hat; maybe it’s just the permanent shape of his head. Or more likely, maybe those aren’t real wings at all, but just a costume, another item of clothing that is disguising an actually non-bug-like bunny child. The two figures do have similar pudgy cheeks and half-moon eyes.
Or maybe not. Once more, I have to conclude that these animal-like creature wearing items of human clothing in shaker sets are neither animal nor human, but often occupy an eerily ambivalent state of in-between, creatures apparently in the process of morphing from one species to another. Seen in those terms, they are more like nightmares from horror movies than the apparently harmless cutie-poos a first glance at them would suggest. Maybe looking too closely at novelty salt and pepper shaker sets like this is not actually a good idea after all.