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Japanese Six-Fold Screen with Cranes and Turtles in a Bamboo Grove

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Japanese Six-Fold Screen with Cranes and Turtles in a Bamboo Grove, 19th c.
Paint and Gold on Paper
60 in. x 141 in. (152.4 cm x 358.14 cm)


Object Type: Screen
Technique: Brushwork
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Accession Number: 1152


Marks
Unsigned; no seals.

Medium
Paint and gold leaf on a paper background, with a brocade fabric border and wooden frame.

Object Description
Japanese six panel screen with cranes against a gold background. The There are seven cranes, in a grove of bamboo and camellia flowers, with rocks, water, and a turtle. The screen has a two different layers of brocade fabric in the borders.

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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