This Japanese vintage large iron dessert kashiki dish of a tsuru 鶴 or crane is about 20-30 years old. It is wonderfully molded and carved by a metalsmith. As the description says, it is made of iron. Then, it is painted in white with many thin black lines to show the hair. It is made in great detail. The red-crested crane is identified by the red mark on its head and an important bird to Japan and most important as a symbol of peace and long life. A kashiki is a dish to serve desserts in at the tea ceremony. This is a large and heavy piece and it is made with incredible detail in both the metal work and painting, and a very unusual piece to find. It would make a wonderful serving dish at any occasion or even a decoration. It is signed on the bottom with a stamp burned into the metal, we do not yet know what it says or the maker.
SIZE: Width 13.84 inches or 35.5 cm, Top to bottom 9.75 inchs or 13.84 cm, Height 1.83 inches or 4.7 cm. Weight 1985 grams or 4.37 lbs
It is excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We are careful to check incoming items for any unusual smells. Again please let us know if you have any questions. This is a purchase from a well- known and honest, quality antique dealer.
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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 of these cranes; are monogamous, pairing for life, devoted mates in all seasons. That is why many festivals and events such as weddings have the '1000 cranes' represented in origami. 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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