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Dog Cage (Goulong)

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

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 326, Asian Art, third floor

Accession Number:

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

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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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