the parrot and the pussy cat did not go down to sea.....
.... instead they came to my home and I am their happy host. Here are the pair of visitors from the past :))
Both are carved from crystal but hail from different periods of Chinese culture.
This sleek Puss with the snooty expression is likely to be from the late Qing Dynasty, around 1874-1908AD. It sits on a flat pedestal which must have originally been intended to serve as a seal. However on this piece there is no carving on the flat bottom.
Many parrot pieces have been discovered in Shang excavations and the shape and bearing of this elegant fowl has the flavour of that era. So, methinks or mehopes that this is a late Shang/early Zhou dynasty, about 1200-1000BC piece.