Traditional Chinese Chopstick Cage

Chopstick cage, also known as chopstick tube, is designed to store chopsticks. China is the birthplace of chopstick. Chopstick is unique tableware worldwide and is the mascot of the fu (or luck) culture. Chopstick, or kuaizi, literally means that give birth as soon as possible. That’s why chopsticks have been endowed with the great reputation “One Hundred Son Chopstick Tube” and symbolize the availability of countless descendants and longevity.

Small as it is, chopstick cage is a necessity in each of Chinese families. It witnesses daily meals and embodies family feelings and spirit of all generations. Chopstick cage, small and unattractive, becomes something that is made by the owner of a family and records a family’s history.

Chopstick cages are mainly made of bamboo, wood, ceramic tile and pottery and categorized into desktop and hanging. It comprises cage wall, cage base and cage feet. Cage wall is usually carved with flowers or equipped with air vents. There is a leaking hole at the bottom of the cage that keeps chopsticks dry and clean.

Chopstick cages presented here comes from Hebei, Henan, Jinagxi, Beijing and northeast of China and span approximately two hundred years from late Qing Dynasty to the modern era.

The items displayed here include: Ceramic tile chopstick cage, bamboo chopstick cage, Korean ceramic chopstick cage, blue and white porcelain chopstick cage, lucky character chopstick cage, pavilion shaped chopstick cage and chopstick cage with birthday peach pattern.

Location: 2nd floor, Bai Branch Museum, South Park