A Japanese Meiji Period (1868 – 1912) bronze crane

A Japanese Meiji Period (1868 – 1912) bronze crane

Circa 1880
Stock Number: 13182/GSO
Height 84.00 cm [2 ft 9 ins]
Width 102.00 cm [3 ft 4 ins]
Depth 41.00 cm [1 ft 4 ins]
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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.