flower vase with squat, round body, high neck, and high foot; ornately decorated with figures in relief; figure of a sage and a crane on each side of neck; two handles

Vase with Rin Nasei (Ch. Lin Hejing) and crane, 18th-19th century

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Lionized poets from Chinese antiquity, such as the famous Song dynasty recluse-poet Lin Hejing (also Lin Bu; 967–1028), were a popular motif in Japanese painting and decorative arts, beginning in the medieval period. Lin Hejing is said to have lived a solitary life with only a crane to keep him company. Here, the poet and his crane cling to either side of the neck of this bronze vase.

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Vase with Rin Nasei (Ch. Lin Hejing) and crane
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2017.146.7
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 828
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flower vase with squat, round body, high neck, and high foot; ornately decorated with figures in relief; figure of a sage and a crane on each side of neck; two handles