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An Imposing Bronze Crane

Japan | c. 1890
The standing crane cast in high relief, in great detail.

The Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis), also known as the Japanese Crane or Manchurian Crane 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.

Height: 79” (201cm)