Late Meiji (1868-1912) painting of 2 cranes of a bluff. Two cranes are standing above a bluff with a waterfall to the side. There is an indication of foliage and trees suggesting that this is a remote and naturally wooded area in the mountains. The cranes have the red mark at the top of their heads indicating that these are the cranes that return to Japan every New Years. The painting itself is very much in the taste of those that would be displayed in the tokonoma during the New Years holidays. It is what is called one of the oiwai images, meaning it is the symbol of the good things, the things we wish for. Unfortunately this painting was never signed by the artist. But the line form, the dexterity of the execution in all of the various kinds of strokes and techniques used, indicate that this is by a professional artist.
Age: Late Meiji (1868-1912)
Size: image 44" x 17" (112 x 43 cm), overall 80" x 28.75" (203 x 73 cm)
Media: Ink & pigment on paper