Crane Subject in Chinese Paintings

Crane has been regarded as an auspicious bird in Chinese bird and flower paintings, next only to the legendary phoenix among all the birds with a divine poise. It was also a symbol of longevity and incorruptibility.

In Chinese crane paintngs, the pine tree and crane together express the good wishes of longevity to old couples.  The pine tree is a very common symbol for longevity because it is an evergreen and can endure severe winters. The pine provides protection when planted near graves.

A crane standing alone can represent success in becoming a high government official as seen on a charm at Pendant Charms. Myths describe spirits and immortals as riding on cranes. The souls of the dead are said to be carried to the heavens by cranes. The image of the crane was embroidered on the robes of high government officials. Because the pronunciation “he” is the same as that for the word "harmony" (“he” in Chinese), the crane is sometimes shown on charms to imply a good and harmonious marriage.

Crane - Chinese Painting

Crane - Chinese Painting

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