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Carving and stand
Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Ivory, wood
Dimensions: Overall: 403 x 103mm (15 7/8 x 4 1/16in.) Overall: 82 x 111 x 63mm (3 1/4 x 4 3/8 x 2 1/2in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.282
This ornament is one of a pair and contains multiple meanings. It is carved with a pine tree and crane representing longevity because both the tree and bird live for a very long time. The deer symbolises good fortune, while the fungus of immortality grows beneath its feet. Together the deer and crane form a rebus denoting the universe, or longevity. The pine tree and the crane are used together to mean ‘sending you together an eternal spring’, wishing a bride and groom a long life together into old age.
Display Location: In Store
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