A Chinese Molded Gourd Cricket Cage

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1930: Item # 1124881
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A Chinese cricket gourd (or cage) with finely molded gourd body, hardwood rims (walnut and rosewood) and a tortoise shell cap. The box is crowned with an intricately carved tortoise shell slightly domed cap depecting two cranes with small ivory dot eyes sitting among pine branches. The gourd body was formed by enclosing the growing gourd within a wooden mold with carved designs; the gourd then grew into the mold forming a molded decoration of peonies and a stamp/chop image at the bottom with the makers mark. DIMENSIONS: 6 1/2 inches high