A pair of Japanese Taisho period (1912-1926) bronze cranes

A pair of Japanese Taisho period (1912-1926) bronze cranes

Circa 1920
Stock Number: 12216/GSO
Height 113.00 cm [3 ft 8 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.