A pair of earthenware Manchurian cranes, modeled and decorated naturalistically, each feather carefully delineated. Studied closely by the artist, his choice of vivid red, brown and black enamels add to their “alive” quality. Considered the most iconic image in East Asian art, the crane is both auspicious and symbolic of longevity. In Japan the image of two cranes is also closely related to the New Year and marriage. (For a similar okimono by the same artist see, “Far Eastern Art at Spink”, p.49) The pair of cranes is in excellent condition with no damage or repairs & includes tomobako. Ito Tozan I impressed mark on bases.
Height: 4.25”, length: 8.5”, Meiji Period, Japan