Japanese Ando Style Cloisonne' Vase - image 1 of 9

The Ming and Qing Dynasties endowed the Red Crowned Crane with the cultural connotation of loyalty, uprightness and noble morality. Red Crowned Crane is embroidered on the clothes of a civil servant. It is listed as an important symbol next only to the Loong and Fenghuang used by the royal family. Therefore, people also regard the crane as a symbol of a high official.
This vase was given as a wedding present over 70 years ago, and is marked on the bottom silver mount, "JAPAN CLOISONNE". It is reminiscent of the high Meiji era pieces and later Taisho cloisonne' (or shippo, as it was called in Japan.) Two cranes in flight, the wires appear to be of gold or perhaps just gided, with minute detail, both are red crested. There is the tiniest of marks on the shoulder, and in certain lights it creates a crescent shaped fault in the black ground. It is almost unnoticeable to the naked eye. The vase stands approximately 5 inches high, 2 3/4 inches in diameter.
In Japan, the crane is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise) and symbolizes good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. The crane is a favourite subject of Haiku poetry and the tradition of origami or paper folding. Adult red-crowned cranes are named for a patch of red bare skin on the crown, which becomes brighter during mating season. Overall, they are snow white in color with black on the wing secondaries, which can appear almost like a black tail when the birds are standing, but the real tail feathers are actually white.

ITEM ID
362
COLOR
Black, Red, White
ORIGIN
Japan • Japanese
PURPOSE
Vases, Urns
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

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Japanese Ando Style Cloisonne' Vase

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