Japanese lacquer vase in red and gold with Shibayama decorations of cranes and flowers and a hanging basket (hanaire). Meiji Period.
Shibayama 芝山象嵌細工 was the inlay technique used to decorate Japanese objects like, boxes, vases, table screen and inro.
This art work required the meticulous carving of very small pieces, which were inlaid into a wood or gold lacquer base to ultimately form a complete scene.
In Japan the crane is an auspicious symbol of long life because of its fabled life span of a thousand years, luck and fidelity as cranes pair for life.