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Japanese and Chinese Cranes – Garden Ornaments

Rather like buses, you wait for ages then two come along at once. These bronze ornaments arrived at our workshops from different locations and with different owners. Both were suffering from the stresses of old age with problems in their necks and legs. Our craftsmen replaced their old internal leg supports, re-brazed the splits, in one completely renewed a section of neck, straightened beaks and in one case re-waxed the whole. One is going to retirement in a conservatory whilst the other will be on duty, pondside, in a garden, to deter the more usual grey herons.

Throughout Asia, the crane is a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. In Japan, the crane is one of a group of mystical or holy creatures and symbolizes good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. As such a crane in one’s garden would be a propitious sign.  More poignantly origami cranes became a symbol of innocent lives lost through war after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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