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China Anonymous, Chinese
Two Cranes in a Marsh, n. d.
Colors on Silk
67 3/4 in. x 37 5/16 in. (172.09 cm x 94.77 cm)

Object Type: Painting
Technique: Brushwork
Period: Ming Dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
Credit Line: Gift of Johan Wilhelm Norman Munthe
Accession Number: XX.1.41

Old number "L1780/58" written in pencil on the backing paper.

No marks, seals, or signature.

Black, white, red and green paints, and black ink brushed onto silk, with a blue silk brocade border.

Object Description
Mounted vertical scroll depicting two black, white, and red feathered cranes amongst bamboo, at the water's edge. 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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