ca. 1875 Unidentified (American) metal, wood, and glass overall: 34 x 32 1/4 x 12 1/8 in. (86.3 x 81.9 x 30.8 cm.) A (cage and base): 21 3/4 x 32 1/4 x 12 1/8 in. (55.0 x 81.9 x 30.8 cm.) B (cone shaped piece): 5 1/2 in. (14.0 cm.); 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm.) diam. C (flag): 17 1/2 x 3 1/8 x 3/4 in. (44.5 x 8.0 x 1.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.327A-C Not currently on view
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A squirrel cage is any cage with a cylindrical framework that allows small animals to run inside it. This piece, with its elaborate turret, flag, and windows, was likely used for entertainment. The owner probably trained small animals to perform tricks, then charged people a small fee to watch the show.
Object - art object - sculpture
Object - other - container
metal - iron