Cranes and Birds
Medium:Black Ink on Paper
Height: 25.5 in
Width: 25.5 in
Two birds; one with a fish in its mouth.
Cranes, or herons, have historically played an important role in Chinese mythology. Embodying longevity and peace, it is the second most favored bird symbol after the phoenix. Throughout the imperial times, crane motifs were used on the robes of civil officials to depict their ranks. This piece of Chinese calligraphy was jointly painted at East China University of Science and Technology by Yaqiang and students Joleen Fillcin, Phillip S. Hanson, and Mark A. Rumsey.