A work of art you can hold in your hand. Silver, repousse, chased and under carved on each side. The floras at the corners of the top are young prunus blossoms (plum or apricot family) associated with long life.
The crane is mentioned in the I Ching by name. In the hexagram Inner Truth: “A crane is calling in the shade. Its young answers it.” …This indicates a heart free of prejudices and therefore open to truth. All the symbols of joy and fertility suggest that the box was a wedding gift.
I would like to think that the two birds ‘of a different feather’ have recognized each other’s call and found a comrade.