Summer Cricket Cages, late 19th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

I-hsing stonewareexpand_more

Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  99.131.3a,b

Lidded ceramic jars often decorated with auspicious symbols like bats, flowers, and dragons were used during the warm months to house crickets. The clay walls acted as a buffer against summer heat and helped maintain the cool even temperature the insects required. Smaller clay sleeping boxes with open ends and a lidded top were placed within the jar. The largest jar shown here was used as an arena for cricket fighting contests. A variety of ceramic feeding dishes, some plain, others decorated were standard accoutrements.

Summer Cricket Cages
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