A pair of stylish Meiji Period Japanese bronze vases with crane decoration

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Object Description

A pair of Japanese Meiji Periods (1868-1912) bronze vases with stylish flush inlaid decoration of red-crowned cranes wading in a lake, framed with geometric patterns to the neck and foot of the vase.

Signed Nogawa

Object History

Red Crowned Crane

In Japan the the red crowned crane is a much revered bird it is a symbol of strength, good fortune and longevity. The Crane was thought to live for 1000 years, in captivity red crowned cranes have been known to live for 75 years making it one of the longest lived birds. The red crowned crane is currently endangered due to loss if it’s wetland habitat with less than 2000 individuals in the wild, about 950 of these being in Japan.


The Nogawa factory and workshops were active in the Meiji Period (1868-1912) through to the early 20th century. They created many works to appeal to Western tastes and used many different metal-ware techniques.

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(Off Camden Passage)
N1 8EE

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