Bronze Sculpture of Japanese Cranes

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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.
Details
Of the Period
Meiji
Place of Origin
Japan
Date of Manufacture
circa 1868-1912
Period
Late 19th Century
Materials and Techniques
Patinated   Bronze
Condition
Good
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use
Dimensions
22.5 in. H
57 cm H
Diameter
19
Dealer Location
Katonah, NY
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU86445757653
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