OSAKA--Tarao, the odd-looking official mascot for an exhibition featuring “The Tower of Babel” by Pieter Bruegel (c. 1528-1569), is going overseas.

It will be donated to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Bruegel in Rotterdam to be used for art education and other purposes.

Hosted by The Asahi Shimbun and other organizations, the “Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Bruegel's 'The Tower of Babel'" was held at the National Museum of Art, Osaka, in the city’s Nakanoshima district.

The mascot won praise for its weird but cute design inspired by the masterpiece. It is rare for such a mascot to be owned by a world-class museum for exhibition.

Tarao is based on a fish monster from “Big Fish Eat Little Fish,” a print engraved by Pieter van der Heyden after drawings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the creator of “The Tower of Babel.”

The mascot’s costume was put on display at the Osaka museum for the duration of the exhibition's run through Oct. 15.

Founded in 1849, the Dutch museum boasts a collection of about 145,000 paintings, including classic works such as “The Tower of Babel” and “The Pedlar” by Jheronimus Bosch. It also displays paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and surrealistic works by contemporary artists, as well as craft and design items from the modern age.