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Carving of a phoenix or crane. These birds are the symbols of good fortune and protection. In the Chu Ci, The Anthology of Poetry of the Kingdom of Chu, they protect the spirit of the dead during the celestial travels. Country of Origin:China. Culture:Ancient Chinese. Date/Period: Eastern Han, 25-220 AD. Place of origin: Wuwei, Gansu Province. Material: Wood, Japanese cypress, H=58.5 cm. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Private Collection. Location: 07