Japanese pair of bronze cranes signed Hideano Meiji period

Japanese pair of bronze cranes signed Hideano Meiji period

Code: 10130

Dimensions:

W: 55cm (21.7")H: 42.5cm (16.7")D: 34cm (13.4")

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Japanese pair of silvered bronze Manchurian cranes (tancho-zuru) with details in shakudo and gilt on a carved wood base, signed in chiselled characters Hidenao 秀尚 (Shūshō), Meiji period 1868-1912. 

In Japan the crane is an auspicious symbol of long life because of its fabled life span of a thousand years, luck and fidelity as cranes pair for life.

Reference:'The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono, the Dr. A.M.Kanter’s collection', Laura Bordignon 2010, Metalwork pg. 254.

See also: ' Meiji no Takara 明治の宝 Treasures of Imperial Japan, the
D. Khalili Collection', Metalwork Part II, no. 107.

Size of cranes without base: H 38.5cm (15.15" in.) x W 31cm (12.20" in) and H 25.5cm (10.03" in.) x W 23.5cm (9.25" in.)