Chinese mother-of-pearl snuff bottle Edit


Component Unique Identifier
Item 23
Level of Description


  • circa 18th century (Creation)


  • Scope and Contents

    Of flattened ovoid flask form with rounded shoulders and attenuated short tubular neck surmounted by a pearl, ivory, and red stopper attached to a long ivory spoon. The two broad surfaces are formed of large shells, while the sides are composed of shell segments to enable them to follow the contour of the bottle. The underfoot is of oval form slightly recessed. The two broad surfaces are delicately incised with garden scenes set with rockeries, blossoming trees, and plants; poised amidst them on one side is a venerable bearded scholar carrying a long gnarled staff. The other side is occupied by a tall, slender, graceful beauty holding a fan in her left hand. The narrow sides are patterend with scattered leaves, all delineated with black lacquer serving as a background for the softly polished nacre. The two broad surfaces are framed by a meander band enclosed by two linear bands. Height without stopper 3-9/16. Overall height 4 in.