Antique Japanese full six panel painted screen depicting a flock of cranes resting a gold leaf backdrop. Bordered with silk and simple black lacquer wood frame. Touches a red pigment adorns each of the cranes crown, black wing tips feathers fade to white. Some are seen resting as are grooming and enjoying the social rest. Across the six panels are 100 Japanese cranes.
In Japan the crane is viewed as a national treasure. The Japanese refer to the crane as the “bird of happiness”. The large, majestic bird is a strong and elegant creature believed, in earlier times, to live for a thousand years. It was also believed that cranes had the ability to grant wishes and answer prayers. The crane’s tall stance and powerful flight pattern make it the perfect symbol of power and strength, representing good fortune and longevity. Cranes are also monogamous creatures, with long-term bonding making them a symbol of loyalty and permanence.
Bringing longevity and happiness to a marriage.
Age: Meiji Period 1868 – 1912)
Dimensions: 67″ high x 145 1/2″ long