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Dog Cage

Late 1700s to 1900
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

This dog cage epitomizes the luxurious lifestyle and flamboyant taste of the rulers of the late Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Note the rows of rings at the top and bottom of the cage. These are made of white jade, one of the most highly regarded materials in China due to its rarity and beauty.

The Qing court kept dogs for hunting and companionship. This elaborate kennel was most likely made for a small dog such as a Pekingese. A favored pet of court ladies, such dogs supposedly lived in pavilions with marble floors, slept on silk cushions, and wore silk brocade outfits.

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