Cricket Cage

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 19th-early 20th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Gourd, ivory
  • Dimension

    H x W: 14.8 x 6.5 cm (5 13/16 x 2 9/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Embellishing the plain shiny body of this gourd is a plain concave ivory foot and a convex lip.The lid, apparently fashioned of a single piece of ivory, depicts the immortal Liu Hai, seated atop his three-legged toad (Chn, chan). Strung on an ivory cord held by Liu Hai (Chn) in either hand are circular pieces of cash, also made of ivory. An ivory bat, symbolic of good luck, is affixed to the ivory cord immediately behind Liu Hai's head. The eyes of the toad and bat are inlaid with a darker material.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Daoism in the Arts in China (December 16, 2006 to July 1, 2007)
    On Becoming Immortal (May 9, 1993 to August 15, 1994)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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