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Bronze Sculpture of Japanese Cranes


A bronze polychromed sculptural group of two red-crowned cranes, one with head lifted, the other with head down, on rockwork base, the base enveloped by stylized, swirling wave motifs, with a minogame, a Japanese mythological long-tailed turtle, emerging from the surf, Japanese, Meiji period, 1868-1912. The red-crowned crane (grus japonensis), known as the tanchozuru in Japan, is one of the rarest cranes in the world. It is revered in both Japan and China as a symbol of longevity, fidelity, and strength. Japanese legend contends that the minogame is so old that it has a train of seaweed growing on its back (forming a “tail”). It is a symbol of long life and good luck.


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    circa 1868-1912
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 22.5 in. x Dm 19 in.

    H 57.15 cm x Dm 48.26 cm

  • Diameter
    19 in. (48.26 cm)
  • Seller location
    Katonah, NY
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