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Cricket cage
Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Ivory, gourd
Dimensions: Overall: 100 x 55mm (3 15/16 x 2 3/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.356
This object (now conserved with the cover repaired) is a cricket cage made from a gourd, hollow dried shell of a fruit. 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 a brush to make them fight.
Display Location: In Store
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