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Cricket tickler
Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 250mm (9 13/16in.) Overall: 10 x 272mm (3/8 x 10 11/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.358
This object is a cricket tickler and case. The nurture of crickets was very fashionable, both among children and men. Prize crickets were sold for high prices. They were kept in cages made of gourd because it resonated well, amplifying the sounds that crickets make. The crickets are ‘tickled’ with the brush to make them fight. The case is decorated with images of children with their crickets and text of the sayings of Confucius.
Display Location: In Store
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