DESCRIPTION: A well carved cylindrical jade cricket box, the body carved and pierced from white jade in a leaf and flower pattern, with a dark cyan colored jade lid, pierced and carved in the same pattern. The box is raised on an ebony stand with three feet. Dating from the first half of the 20th C., this cricket box is in excellent condition. DIMENSIONS: 3 1/8" high (8 cm) x 2" diameter.
CULTURAL BACKGROUND: Keeping crickets is a tradition in China, with cricket boxes made in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes. Crickets are kept as household or shop “pets,” admired for their chirping sound, or used in sport contests. The more beautiful the box, the more prestigious the owner, and the more esteemed the cricket.