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Cranes (group of 3)
PNA INV. 2004
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This group of three bronze, long-legged birds has the unusual feature of the largest bird having engraved on it both the signature of the artist and the foundry mark – Yoshide Su. Interest in acquiring decorative sculpture of Japanese origin was not usual in Portugal; therefore we believe this group in the Ajuda Palace Museum is unique in our country, and an example of Queen D. Maria Pia’s oriental taste when decorating some interiors.

History of the Object
The moulds of these sculptures were probably imported from Japan by Casa Guglianetti in Milan, who had its own foundry and deposit. Queen Maria Pia of Portugal ordered these pieces in 1888, during a voyage to Europe with King Luis the First, when they visited Italy.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Inv. 2002: H. 1834 x W. 735 mmInv. 2003: H. 820 x W. 325 mmInv. 2004: H. 500 x W. 410 mm 
Creator name
Yoshide Su (foundry mark ) 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; Second half  
Function
Decorative 
Acquisition
Part of the Portuguese Royal House Collections. The Royal Family lived in the Palace until 1910 when the monarchy fell. The Palace was turned into a museum in 1968. 
Copyright
The image shall not be published or reproduced without written permission of the Instituto dos Museus e Conservacao/Ajuda National Palace 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Ajuda National Palace 
Museum
Ajuda National Palace 
Credit line
Institute of Museums and Conservation/Ajuda National Palace 

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