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snuff-bottle

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,C.641

  • Description

    Snuff bottle painted in underglaze blue with four figures battling among waves. The dropper is made of balck wood (possibly ebony) with ivory inlay to form a yin yang symbol. The base has an unusual mark with lotuses.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC-19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 50 millimetres
    • Diameter: 38 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing ca. 1800Room 95 label text:

    PDF C641

    Snuff bottle with figures among waves


    Jesuit missionaries residing within the Forbidden City brought with them Western technologies such as enamelling glass and introduced Western habits such as taking 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 has an unusual stopper with a yin-yang symbol and a mark on the base in the form of lotuses.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2004 p.108, no.C641 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.80, no.C641 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,C.641

Water-dropper in form of an aubergine with stem-shaped spout with relief leaves. Peach-shaped opening at the top of the round end. Underglaze blue in pencilled style with a cock and hen in a reedy landscape. Naturalistic details painted on the leaves and

Water-dropper in form of an aubergine with stem-shaped spout with relief leaves. Peach-shaped opening at the top of the round end. Underglaze blue in pencilled style with a cock and hen in a reedy landscape. Naturalistic details painted on the leaves and

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