Dog Cage (Goulong)

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

Late 18th - 19th century

Brass with cloisonné enamel and gilt decoration; jade rings

45 1/2 x 32 x 24 3/4 inches (115.6 x 81.3 x 62.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 226, Asian Art, second floor

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1964

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  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections

    This elaborate dog cage epitomizes the luxurious life of the imperial court during the long reign of the Qianlong emperor, when the extravagant display of wealth extended even to the accouterments of the imperial kennels. The body of the cage is decorated with the intricate enameling technique known as cloisonné, in which copper wires (or cloisons) are used to separate areas of various colors mixed from metal oxides that are then fired at high temperatures to harden. The finials at the top of the cage as well as the five-clawed dragons and lions' heads around the perimeter are gilded, and rows of jade rings complete this miniature palace on wheels. The emperor was said to be especially fond of cloisonné and had workshops that specialized in the process established on the palace grounds in Beijing, where this cage for a favorite pet dog was undoubtedly fabricated. Felice Fischer, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections (1995), p. 34.

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