This pin badge was made to match the Cranes Geocoin and was inspired by Chinese art and myths based around the Crane. The pin was designed by Ian Ledger and produced by Geocoins R Us exclusively for Geocache Land.
The pin matches the front of the coin and is a highly detailed 3D image that features three cranes in flight against an ornate background and surrounded by a bamboo and scroll work border. This pin is finished in Copper with a red translucent enamel. The red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) is a large East Asian crane and among the rarest cranes in the world. It is known as a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity.
In China, the red-crowned crane is often featured in myths and legends. In Taoism, the red-crowned crane is a symbol of longevity and immortality. In art and literature, immortals are often depicted riding on cranes. A mortal who attains immortality is similarly carried off by a crane. Reflecting this association, red-crowned cranes are called xian he (literally: "fairy crane" or "crane of the immortals"). The red-crowned crane is also a symbol of nobility. Depictions of the crane have been found in Shang Dynasty tombs and Zhou Dynasty ceremonial bronzeware. A common theme in later Chinese art is the reclusive scholar who cultivates bamboo and keeps cranes.Because of its importance in Chinese culture, the red-crowned crane was selected by the National Forestry Bureau of the People's Republic of China as a candidate for the title of national animal of China. This decision was deferred due to the red-crowned crane's Latin name translation as "Japanese crane"
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