Cricket Cage (Italy), ca. 1903
Since early antiquity, crickets have been associated with happiness, good luck, and wealth. In China, cricket fighting as a blood sport is a popular pastime. However, unlike other blood sports, cricket fighting rarely causes injuries to the insects. During the Cultural Revolution (1966–76), cricket fighting was banned by the Communist government due to its association with the bourgeoisie, but in modern times it is undergoing a revival in the younger generations.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D (handle extended vertically): 12.4 x 8 x 6 cm (4 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 in.)
It is inscribed
Written on underside in graphite: "Florence, Italy / April 1903 / Cricket cage for Ascension Day"
Cite this object as
Cricket Cage (Italy), ca. 1903; Previously owned by Alexander Wilson Drake (American, 1843-1916); metal wire, stained wood; H x W x D (handle extended vertically): 12.4 x 8 x 6 cm (4 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 2 3/8 in.); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1916-40-7
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Virtue in Vice.