In Japan the crane is known as Tsuru. Cranes are a symbol of longevity and immortality. In art and literature, immortals are often depicted riding on cranes. Cranes are also seen on many wedding kimono because they are known to stay with the same mate for life.
This handcarved ivory netsuke is exceptionally detailed (i.e., feathers) and signed. It is depicting a crane, nestled down with legs tucked under its body, with head and neck resting flat across its back. The wings of the crane provide the opening for which the cord is passed for attachment to the inro and for its eventual display from the belt on the Hakama. Approximate age: 1930s.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection