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Plate with design of Cranes

c. 1800
Artist/maker unknown, Japanese
Cranes are symbols of longevity in Japan and, according to folklore, served as companions and messengers of the Taoist Immortals (sennin). They are also attributed with magical powers, such as the ability to make themselves immortal. The fact that female cranes are protective of their chicks has also led to cranes being a positive symbol of motherhood and marriage.

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