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Tsurukame - Tortoise and Crane Bronze Japanese.

SKU: Tsurukame, Bronze $249.95
Tsuru (Crane): In Japan, the crane is considered a national treasure, appearing in art, literature, and folklore. The Japanese regard the crane as a symbol of good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. It also represents fidelity, as Japanese cranes are known to mate for life. The tsuru is a sacred bird that is said to live 1,000 years. If it lives 2,000 years it then turns black. Kame (Turtle): In Japanese culture, the turtle is known to possess a spirit of healing and is a symbol of knowledge. The minogame, which is so old it has a train of seaweed growing on its back, is a symbol of longevity and felicity. The tortoise is a haven for immortals and the world mountain, and symbolizes good luck, and support. 'Tsuru Sen-nen, Kame Man-nen' is an old Japanese saying describing the symbols of youth and old age (long life), the Tsuru (crane) and Kame (tortoise). In Japan, every element of the natural world has a sacred side for Shintoists. The religion promotes harmony between the divine, humans, and nature. A lofty tree, a towering waterfall, or a wondrous mountain were believed to possess kami and were made objects of worship, and the sea was recognized as the source of life. Tsurukame
- Tortoise and Crane: The crane lives 1,000 years and the tortoise 10.000, says a Japanese proverb. Both animals are symbols of longevity. The crane too was a symbol of Long Life and also the symbol of the relationship of Father and Son according to Confucian philosophy. Furthermore, the crane is a symbol of wisdom. When a high-ranking Taoist priest died, it was said he was "turning into a crane." In Japanese Buddhist art, we have a candleholder in the form of a crane standing on a tortoise. This type of temple decoration was often used by the Jodo Shinshuu. Usually the crane was carrying a lotus flower with a long stem in his mouth and the flower was formed in a way to hold the candle. These types of illumination stands were produced since the Muromachi Period (1333 - 1573 AD).