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snuff-jar

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.678

  • Description

    Small covered porcelain jar with domed knopped cover. Underglaze blue with figurative scene depicting the Eight Horses of Mu Wang in a landscape. Cover decorated in related landscape scene. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 72 millimetres
    • Diameter: 41 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        乾隆年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Qianlong nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made during the reign of Qianlong
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Qianlong mark in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:

    PDF B678

    Snuff jar with the Eight Horses of Mu Wang


    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. The base has a four-character underglaze blue Qianlong reign mark


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, AD 1736–1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.38, no.29 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.68, no.B678 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.94, no.B678, colour p.37 (reign mark, p.117) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.678

Small covered porcelain jar with domed knopped cover. Underglaze blue with figurative scene depicting the Eight Horses of Mu Wang  in a landscape. Cover decorated in related landscape scene. Inscription on base.

Small covered porcelain jar with domed knopped cover. Underglaze blue with figurative scene depicting the Eight Horses of Mu Wang in a landscape. Cover decorated in related landscape scene. Inscription on base.

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