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. Kanter Collection' by Laura Bordignon, ACC Woodbridge 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.)
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