unsigned; pair of cranes left of center; pine tree at left; swimming duck and pair of smaller birds at right; blooming white and red chrysanthemums; unsigned

Cranes under Pine Trees, 16th century

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A pair of red-crested cranes settle on the shore of a lake. Beneath a twisted old pine tree, one stands upright and sounds a call while his partner bends low, perhaps having discovered a tasty insect among the rocks and low-lying sasayabu (bamboo grass). From ancient times, cranes in Japan were said to live for a thousand years, serving as potent symbols of youthfulness and long life in both literature and art. Pine trees also signify longevity. This screen would have functioned as the left half of a pair of six-panel folding screens, though its companion is now lost.

Details
Title
Cranes under Pine Trees
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.60
Provenance
Leighton R. Longhi (gift in 2001); Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation (2001-2015)
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 134
Curator Approved

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unsigned; pair of cranes left of center; pine tree at left; swimming duck and pair of smaller birds at right; blooming white and red chrysanthemums; unsigned