From a Tucson, Arizona collector's estate. Antique Chinese cricket box or cricket cage. Measures 4¾ inches in overall length and 1 ½ inches in height.
Lovely painted scenes in the style of Famille Rose. Appears to show two noblemen accompanied by their servants.Crickets are symbolic of success and family size in China. To wish someone to have a family like crickets was to wish them success. Keeping crickets as pets emerged in China in early antiquity.
Crickets were kept for their "songs". In the film The Last Emperor , you could see the importance of crickets to the imperial family.Early in the movie, the young emperor Pu Yi is walking through men kowtowing to him at a courtyard in the Forbidden City when he hears a cricket chirping. He seeks it out; the man who brought the cricket in quickly gives it to the young emperor. He reaches under it and finds a caged cricket which he then gives to a little boy. There are two tiny chips; both are shown in close-ups. Addresses (lower 48 states only). Aztec, Maya, Chimu, Inca, kero, Olmec, Nazca, Nasca, HuARI, WARI, Navajo, Navaho, Old Indian, Vintage Indian, Old pawn, Zuni ring, Santa Fe, Old Navajo, Old Navaho, Old Navajo ring, Indian silver, Indian sterling, Qing, Ming, Qianlong, famille rose, famille verte, cloisonee, Qianlong, Dynasty, Tang dynasty. The item "Antique Chinese Leaf Form Cricket Cage Cricket Box Late Qing or Early Republic" is in sale since Sunday, July 11, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Boxes". The seller is "audio-n-more" and is located in Arivaca, Arizona.
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