Period: Ming or Qing dynasties
Dimensions: 2 3/8 × 1 7/8 × 2 1/2 in. (6 × 4.8 × 6.4 cm)
Classification: Decorative Arts, Ceramics
Credit Line: Gift of Ann and Henry Brunnier. In the Ann and Henry Brunnier Collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
“Keeping crickets as pets as seen at emerged in China in early antiquity. Initially, crickets were kept for their "songs". Throughout the Imperial era the Chinese also kept pet cicadas and grasshoppers, but crickets were the favorites in the Forbidden City and with the commoners alike. The art of selecting and breeding the finest fighting crickets was perfected during the Qing dynasty and remained a monopoly of the imperial court until the beginning of the 19th century.” –Wikipedia, “Crickets as pets”