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A PAIR OF LARGE CLOISONNE ENAMEL CRANE-FORM INCENSE BURNERS
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A PAIR OF LARGE CLOISONNE ENAMEL CRANE-FORM INCENSE BURNERS

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A PAIR OF LARGE CLOISONNE ENAMEL CRANE-FORM INCENSE BURNERS
Each shown with long slender neck turned slightly to the side and holding a lingzhi-shaped candle holder in the long beak as it stands atop separate legs attached to a base formed as rocks decorated with plants and grasses within an hexagonal balustrade raised on a double lotus base decorated with lotus scroll, the wings of the bird forming the cover of the hollow body, with white, gray and pink feathers
85 in. (216 cm.) high (2)

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A pair of similar massive cloisonné enamel cranes shown in situ in the Palace of Heavenly Purity are illustrated by Wango-go Weng and Yang Boda, The Palace Museum: Peking, Treasures of the Forbidden City, New York, 1982, p. 51. Cranes of this size and type were placed before the throne and symbolized auspiciousness and longevity.
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