Hanging Bamboo Birdcage

c. 1900
H: 21.5" Dia: 12.5"
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This large, barrel-form birdcage dates to the early 20th century and is carefully assembled of thin bamboo rods fitted to a round bamboo base. The cage hangs from a large hook attached to the top, finely cast in the shape of a sinuous dragon. A central post textured with gravel provides a place to perch and a round cutout on the side allows the bird to come and go freely. The cage is complete with several accessories, including a footed brass dish and two porcelain cup for water and birdseed.

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The Homes of Chinese Songbirds

Bird-keeping was a popular pastime throughout the Qing dynasty and inspired its own material culture of beautiful cages and fine accessories. Carried around from place to place, luxurious songbird cages were as much an accessory as they were a functional object.


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