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Pair of Calligraphy Panels Celebrating Crane and Dragon

Pair of Calligraphy Panels Celebrating Crane and Dragon


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Paintings: Pre 1970: Item # 815349

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These striking Chinese calligraphy panels celebrate two of the most magnificent creatures in Buddhist and Taoist legends--the crane and the dragon. Portraits of cranes, a most admired bird in China, and dragons, chief among reptiles, have appeared for centuries in temples and houses as symbols of admirable traits and good fortune. The calligraphy on one panel reads, "The sea is the world of the dragon," and the companion panel says, "The sky is the homeland of the crane." The beneficent Chinese dragon, related to the mythical Buddhist naga of India and Southeast Asia, reigns as a primary emblem of protection and symbol of renewal. The crane, which reaches a fabulous old age and so is the badge of longevity, is said to take great interest in human affairs and to convey the souls of the departed to heaven. Written in graphically compelling cursive script, these late 20th century panels are mounted on cream-colored silk. Each is in excellent condition, and the pair would make a strong decorative and cultural statement displayed either as scrolls or framed. Although both are sealed, we have been unable to determine the identity of the calligrapher. Both panels are the same size. Dimensions of each including silk mount: height 49" (125 cm), width 18" (46 cm). Dimensions of paper: height 38" (97 cm), width 12" (30 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM