Japanese Ivory Crane Netsuke | Signed
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.