Bronze Crane with Antlers - Part1

Hubei Provincial Museum

Hubei Provincial Museum
Wuhan, China

Cranes and stags have long been the symbols of longevity and auspiciousness. The crane can be detached into six pieces and all pieces are connected by mortise and tenon. It is inlaid with gold; kallaite pieces were decorated at its belly, around its wings and at the edge of its tail. Despite the exaggerated slender neck and the heavy arc shaped antlers, the designed is well-balanced by the crane’s outstretched wings.

This slender crane with antlers was discovered in the east side of the major coffin. It was probably considered the psychic that connects the men, the ghosts and the gods. Another explanation is that it might be placed there to guide the soul of the buried to heaven.

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  • Title: Bronze Crane with Antlers - Part1
  • Location: Unearthed from Leigudun Tomb (No.1 ), Suizhou, Hubei
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Excavation Date: 1978
  • Dynasty: Around 433 B.C. (the East Zhou Dynasty and the early Warring States Period)
  • Dimensions: Total height: 143.5 cm; weight: 38.4 kg; the bronze base: 45×41.5 cm; height of the crane: 110 cm; width of the crane: 41.4 cm.