Blog Posts tagged with chinese rugs

Left: Fairy and Crane, Embroidery with silk from the Qing Dynasty.  Right: Covered ewer, Porcelain painted in enamels from the Qing Dynasty

The Significance of Cranes as Symbols in Chinese Art and Carpets

Posted: September 04, 2015 10:48 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Cranes in Chinese art -- Since ancient times, the Chinese have been exceptionally creative in using various living, non-living and imaginary objects to represent abstract ideas. They have a symbol for everything, including life, death and longevity. One glance at Chinese art and carpets can educate on the myriads of Chinese symbols. Among the most popular and widely used symbols are the ones for longevity. They include bamboo, cicada, peach, gourd, pine, deer and crane. Cranes, or herons as they are also referred to as, play an important role in Chinese mytholog...


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