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Chinese famille verte baluster vase, Kangxi (1662-1722), the body decorated with opposing panels of two cranes and a hawk amidst crashing waves amidst with flowering branches, interspersed by roundels containing auspicious objects or flowers against a stippled ground with flowerheads, the shoulder similarly decorated with shaped cartouches containing auspicious objects or flowerheads, the neck with floral sprays; height: 13 1/2 in. (34.4 cm.);
Cranes are symbols of longevity and hierarchical ranking, this depiction of a pair of cranes amidst waves among scholar’s objetcs is probably symbolic of the attainment of a higher imperial rank or a fruitful marriage.