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China Anonymous, Chinese
Old Men Looking at a Flying Crane, n. d.
Ink on Paper
69 in. x 35 3/8 in. (175.26 cm x 89.85 cm)


Object Type: Painting
Technique: Brushwork
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Johan Wilhelm Norman Munthe
Accession Number: XX.1.75


Commentary
Old number "L1780/4" written in pencil on the backing paper.

Marks
There is a signature with two square red ink seals in the upper left of the image. A rectangular red ink seal is stamped in the lower right corner. There is a vertical strip of brocade with characters written upon it, afixed to the upper right of the back.

Medium
Black ink with blue ink wash and peach and white paints brushed onto paper, with a light grey silk brocade border.

Object Description
Mounted vertical scroll of five men watching and pointing at a crane flying above. The men are all short and bald, with long white beards and mustaches, and light blue robes. Cranes are among the most revered birds in Chinese and Japanese legend, symbols of good luck, long life and peace. In Chinese mythology, Daoist immortals are said to ride on cranes, linking the birds with longevity. In many Japanese folktales, cranes have the ability to turn into a human, usually to give aid and good fortune to people who have rescued them.

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