Squirrel Cage

  • Unidentified (American), Squirrel Cage, ca. 1875, metal, wood, and glass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.327A-C

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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.

Title
Squirrel Cage
Artist
Date
ca. 1875
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
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.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
metal, wood, and glass
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – art object – sculpture
  • Object – other – container
Object Number
1986.65.327A-C
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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