This Japanese vintage Kyoto pottery kogo of crane was made at the by well known Kato Seiho of Kyoto about 40-50 years ago. A Japanese kogo is used for holding incense and historically most often for the tea ceremony, at the temple, and for the small worship area in the home. The kogo are also wonderful items of character to decorate with, in addition to placing small items in around the house. This is handmade and hand formed, hand painted and glazed. It is subtly formed, this style is often seen in the crane kogos It is in very good condition with no cracks or chips. The crazing is normal. It is inscribed on the bottom with the artist name. It comes with a bako or box.
Size: Length 2.69 inch or 6.9cm , Width 1.52 inch or 3.9cm, Height 1.56 inch or 4cm
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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