Cranes and pine trees are considered sacred in Japanese culture. They symbolize longevity and the everlasting devotion of a couple. The color of pine tree is evergreen and when the needles finally fall to the ground, each falls as a pair.
This is a peaceful but powerful scene, symbolizing the prosperity over a happy, united family. Each of the cranes was executed beautifully by the artist. The artist, who obviously spent whatever he could offer, signed on both vases.
The glaze on the vase is thin and glassy with fine crackles, adding a soft look to its body. One vase is larger and much heavier than the other. The larger one measures 16 1/4 inches tall, 9 1/2 inches in diameter without the rings and weighs over 10 pounds. The daintier one measures a half-inch less in height, same width and weighs almost 9 pounds. The condition is excellent; no chips, repairs or any signs of restoration. The dark area inside (by the opening) is where the topsoil is thin from the kilning stage. There are some gilt and color fading on one collar band and the rim (smaller vase). There are also some firing flaws on the rings and on their flower bases where the rings sit on. Museum quality.