Pair Of Cranes

Chinese


Pair of Cranes, late 19th century, Qing Dynasty, 1644 - 1911/12

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Jadeite

Dimensions: 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)

Gift of Miss Carol C. Pierson, 2005.193.1

Birds in art are often used in a symbolic way to convey a specific meaning. In China, cranes are symbols of immortality because of their long life. They also represent status as they are regarded as “a bird of the first rank” in the imperial hierarchy. These large birds also appear in Chinese fairy tales, often alongside immortals. These handmade jadeite cranes illustrate the complicated modeling and skilled craftsmanship of Chinese jade artists in late 19th century.

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