This Japanese dark mixed metal vase is decorated with raised and incised or relief work in an etched silver and gold red-crested tsuru or cranes flying above waves around the bottom of the vase. The mark of the red crested tsuru is identified by the red spot on their heads. This is a nice vase of good bulbous size called Kyūkon-jō no kabin 球根状の花瓶 or a bulbous style vase in Japanese. It is of good quality and very well made with great detail. It is about 40-50 years old dating to the mid-50s of the Showa period. This very nice bronze vase is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips, there may be surface wear or spots. It is inscribed 'Japan' on the bottom. I had a hard time with the pictures and glare so a combination of pictures, the round glare spots are not dents or other damage as one can see from the first pictures. The cranes are a historical part of Japan and great as part of a work of art and on this vase. This is a great and good size Japanese bronze metal ware vase.
SIZE: Height 8 in. or 20.32 cm, Diameter 9 in, or 22.86 cm
tsuru: The Japanese Crane 鶴
As beautiful as crane subject matter Japanese items are, they are not that easy to come by as one would think. The Japanese red crested crane is most famous as the symbol of peace and long life. They also symbolize marital love and fidelity because these cranes; are monogamous, pairing for life, devoted mates in all seasons
The crane is a majestic bird that is a favorite subject in many Asian works of art. Their physical beauty is undeniable. For the Japanese, the tsuru is considered a national treasure, appearing in art, literature, and folklore. The Japanese regard the crane as a symbol of good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. More recently it is used t is also used to represent a hope for peace .
After the events of September 11, 2001 the Japanese American National Museum's staff and volunteers, along with many students and visitors folded thousands of cranes, and in a gesture of support and hope for peace sent them to fire and police stations, museums, and cultural institutions throughout New York City.
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