crane standing on tortoise with fringed tail; crane's neck bent down, holding frond of lotus in its mouth; stem extends upward with two flat leaves, a small bud, and open blossom with spike for candle

Candlestand of a crane on a long-tailed tortoise, 18th century

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The crane and the tortoise, which here form the base and body of a candlestick, are both symbols of longevity. The crane is said to live for a thousand years and the tortoise for ten-thousand. Candle stands such as this one served as Buddhist ritual implements.

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Candlestand of a crane on a long-tailed tortoise
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Accession Number
2015.79.440
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 824
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crane standing on tortoise with fringed tail; crane's neck bent down, holding frond of lotus in its mouth; stem extends upward with two flat leaves, a small bud, and open blossom with spike for candle