Three Cranes Flying in a Misty Landscape Bookmark
2¼ x 7¼ in. decorative bookmark
Attractively packaged in a plastic sleeve for protection
Published with The Walters Art Museum
Unknown artist (Japanese)
Three Cranes Flying in a Misty Landscape (detail), 19th century (Edo-Meiji)
In Japanese culture, cranes have long been known as “the bird of happiness.” Cranes preen and—with seeming joy—dance to attract a mate. These elegant birds generally pair for life and can live for many decades, thus making the crane an auspicious motif for a wedding or for household decoration. Their portrayal in art often symbolizes fidelity, prosperity, good health, peace, and longevity.