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snuff-bottle

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.471

  • Description

    Porcelain snuff-bottle in form of lion holding a brocaded ball between its paws and in its mouth. The snuff-bottle has a white body and cream white crackled glaze, with the crackle stained light brown. The lion's eyes are coloured in.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 33 millimetres
    • Width: 72 millimetres
    • Depth: 26 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF A471

    Snuff-bottle in the form of a lion dog biting a ball


    Jesuit missionaries residing within the Forbidden City brought with them Western technologies such as enamelling glass and introduced Western habits such as sniffing snuff (powdered tobacco flavoured with aromatic substances). By the reign of the emperor Kangxi (AD 1662–1722), taking snuff had become an imperial habit. Chinese craftsmen revelled in the production of miniature works of art and the tiny snuff-bottle form provided a means to demonstrate their skills. This bottle shows a lion-dog biting a brocade ball. His eyes are coloured with underglaze blue to make the lion-dog look more real.


    Underfired porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue, moulded, incised and with transparent glaze
    Zhangzhou ware 漳州窯
    Zhangzhou, Fujian province 福建省, 漳州
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900

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  • Location

    G95/case11/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Elphinstone Gift.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.471

White porcelain Snuff-bottle modelled in form of lion holding a brocaded ball between its paws and in its mouth. Covered with cream white crackled glaze, with the crackle stained light brown. Lion's eyes coloured in.

White porcelain Snuff-bottle modelled in form of lion holding a brocaded ball between its paws and in its mouth. Covered with cream white crackled glaze, with the crackle stained light brown. Lion's eyes coloured in.

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