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Antique Japanese carved wood ranma (architectural transom) with backlighting
This is an antique Japanese ranma (transom panel) carved out of wood and surrounded by double wood frames. Glass covers the front. It is 78" wide, 18" tall and 2-1/2" deep. The ranma depicts the trunk of a blossoming plum tree and some bamboo leaves. A crane (symbol of longevity) is sitting on the tree. The plum is a symbol of courage for its habit of blooming in the winter. The bamboo represents strength under great diversity. The ranma would have originally been installed between the ceiling and the sliding doors in a traditional Japanese house for ventilation. They are carved to allow air flow, and in some cases even light. This ranma is thought to be 100 years old or so. The frames and backlighting were installed in the 1970's. It can also be used as a bed headboard or just decoration.
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