Meiji Norimono Cricket Holder

  • This enchanting Japanese laquer cricket cage is an exquisite relic of the Meiji-period
  • It takes the form of a norimono, a type of palanquin used by members of the aristocracy
  • The form reflects the esteem that the Japanese held for their "singing" pets
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Item No. 30-0330

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This enchanting Japanese cricket cage takes the form of a norimono, a type of palanquin, or sedan chair, used by members of the aristocracy and samurai class in feudal Japan.This exceptional, Meiji-period container is comprised of an enclosed basket held aloft by a large bow-shaped crossbeam. As with full-sized norimono, the door slides open to reveal a large space, allowing one's cricket passenger to enter and exit easily, and to ride in comfort. Exceptional lacquer decoration, which adorns this piece entirely, identifies this piece as a Meiji period masterpiece.

The fact that this cricket cage is in the shape of a palanquin used for the upper class members of society reflects the love and esteem that the Japanese held for these creatures. These crickets, usually members of the order Orthoptera, were kept for the beauty of their call, or "singing." This custom was popular with enthusiasts at all levels of society, and according to Robert W. Pemberton, visiting places known for the abundance and high quality of their singing insects was a seasonal pleasure, akin to cherry blossom viewing. 

Circa 1870

7 7/8" wide x  25 3/4" length x 8 1/4" high
Meiji Norimono Cricket Holder
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Asia
Type: Bird Cages
Depth: 25.75 Inches
Length: 25
Width: 7.88 Inches
Height: 8.25 Inches

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