This Japanese vintage pair of brass temple candle stands are made in the motif of the auspicious crane and turtle. The are signed with tools by the maker, 'Chou-hou'. According to the seller, they were made in the 1960's or middle of the Showa period. And, they said they are brass. Possibly mixed with other metals, they were most likely made by the most popular metal cold casting method then finished off by the metals expert using their special tools, files, and such. We do not claim to be experts in this area but they certainly create a lot of detail with a nice finished result. The cranes and turtles have great form and facial expressions, beautiful feathers in metal, and are made very well. They are made around the stem and holding a lotus flower. A nice pair.
In Japan, there is a saying that cranes live 1,000 years and turtles live 10,000 years. The belief behind this saying led to cranes and turtles being considered to be auspicious animals. the crane has not only been regarded as an extremely long-living bird, but, since it chooses a mating partner for life, as a symbol of long and happy conjugal existence. Borrowed from the animals living on the legendary Chinese mountain of perpetual youth and longevity, 'Penglai' or 'Hōrai', in Japanese, the turtle was viewed from ancient times as an animal capable of deep friendship, as it is portrayed in the Japanese fairy-tale Urashima Tarō, and, as such, a very auspicious animal. -excerpt from the Huffington post-
They are inscribed on the bottom with the mark translated 'Chou-hou', although we do not yet have further information. They are In 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 have noticed smells from items received before so we try to watch that too. But, this has no smells, and are from a well- known and honest, quality antiques dealer's piece. Please visit our store of over 700 Japanese items, porcelain, pottery, ceramics, netsuke, statues or okimono, metalware, lacquerware and more!
SIZE: Height 8 ¾ inches or 22.22 cm, width 7 inches or 17.78 cm, Widest at bottom each 3 inches or 7.62 cm
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