A Bronze Meiji Crane With Outstretched Wings

A Bronze Meiji Crane With Outstretched Wings

Circa 1900
Stock Number: 10868/GSO
Height 52.50 cm [1 ft 9 ins]
Width 117.00 cm [3 ft 10 ins]
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A rarely seen bronze model of a Japanese (also known as Manchurian) Crane having outstretched wings and still retaining its original red painted crown.

The Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis) is the second rarest crane in the world. In maturity the crane has snow white plumage with a patch of red skin on top of the head, which turns a bright, vivid red when the bird becomes excited or angry.

In Japan the Red-crowned Crane is known as the Tancho and in legend is believed to live for a thousand years, revered throughout the East as a symbol of peace, good fortune, longevity and fidelity. Circa 1900.