Beautifully executed, hand painted bowl featuring six cranes against a lightly gold washed background with white stylized clouds? or pools of water? in the background. The outer edge of the bowl has an elaborately decorated enamel rim in a bronze gold color, with red, black and tan. The shallow bowl is footed, measures 7 inches in diameter, and stands about 1.5 inches high. The underside is decorated , and the bowl is signed Kutani Taniguchi. The famous master artist who decorated this bowl is Taniguchi Komakichi, 1873 - 1925. It dates to the late Meiji period 1868 - 1912 or Taisho period 1912 - 1926. There is some slight loss of the light gold wash in the center of the bowl, and a couple of tiny losses to the enamel trim. Otherwise, it is in excellent condition.
For the Japanese, the crane 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. It also represents fidelity, as Japanese cranes are known to mate for life.