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What is this?

Square wooden box-type cage (a) cut on each side with fan-shaped opening inset with metal wires; quarter columns at corners; bun feet; gallery along top, decorated with circular cutouts and ball finials at corners; stamped brass (?) decorations at fan-shapes and capitals and bases of columns. On top of box, cradled in large circular hole with flange, is a globular fishbowl (b) with circular neck and central hollow globe, all formed from single wall (allowing bird entry/egress from and to wooden cage below). Base of bowl decorated with polychrome enamel band of landscape / water scenes showing European men hunting birds or fishing (retrieving birds?) from boats / sailing ships at sea (one flying two red, white and blue Dutch flags), and a rocky island with a tall castle-like building on top; floral decoration just below neck, gilded foliate decoration on neck and band at mouth.

This is a birdcage with fishbowl from Netherlands. It is dated early 19th century and we acquired it in 1971. Gift of Channing Hare. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

wood, glass, gilded brass, metal wire

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (a & b): 62.2 x 31.8 x 31.8 cm (24 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.)

This object was donated by Channing Hare

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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