This Japanese Arita contemporary porcelain plate is created in low relief of a tsuru or a crane. According to the seller a family owned store in Japan, it dates to the mid-Showa about the 1960-70's. A lovely hand painted Arita or tableware plate of a crane molded in low relief probably in a slip mold. Which I am still learning about, at least I can tell the difference now- I think. The color may me a bit off in some of the pictures as I try to darken them up so we could see the lines of all the molding of the feathers, there is quite a bit. No matter how it was done, it is still very artistic and very well done and very skillfully represents the bird. It is then hand-painted with a wonderful representation of the cranes feathers and it's little red crowned head. It would make a nice serving or dessert piece. It has a nice raised kodai or foot making a short compote. It is inscribed on the bottom by the artist, we will work on getting help with the name whether it be the artist or the kiln in Arita. A very nice unique piece in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs.
SIZE: Diameter approximately 7 1/2" or 19.05 cm, about 2 1/2" high or 6.35 cm
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Tsuru: The Japanese Crane 鶴
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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