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A wonderful, life-size, silvered bronze Okimono of a red-crowned Crane

Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials Silver
H. 26.38 in;
H. 67 cm;
Condition Good.
Description A wonderful, life-size, silvered bronze Okimono of a red-crowned Crane

A wonderful Silvered Bronze statue of a red-crowned Crane dating from the Japanese Meiji period. The majestic creature is standing alert with both feet firmly on the floor. In Japanese Mythology, the red-capped Crane is a popular symbol of good fortune and longevity.

Condition: Excellent

Signed to the belly. Masatsune

Some notes on the symbolism of the red-crowned Crane in Japanese mythology: In Japan the the red crowned crane is a much revered bird it is a symbol of strength, good fortune and longevity. The Crane was thought to live for 1000 years, in captivity red crowned cranes have been known to live for 75 years making it one of the longest lived birds. The red crowned crane is currently endangered due to loss if it’s wetland habitat with less then 2000 individuals in the wild, about 950 of these being in Japan.

Some notes on the artist: Masatsune Kimura (1827-1890) Masatsune was a well known, very prolific, artist active in the Meiji Period, he is known for his bronze and silvered bronze sculptures of animals and birds.
Styles / Movements Asian, Traditional
Patterns Animal/Insects, Asian/Oriental
Dealer Reference Number KPME08
Incollect Reference Number 387254
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