A bronze snuff bottle, circa 1646.

The bottle is incised on each side with a dragon chasing a ‘flaming pearl’, an inscription on the base reads, shunzhi san nian cheng rongzheng zhi, (made by Cheng Rongzheng in the third year of the Shunzhi reign), 5.5cm.

This bottle is one of the earliest known and forms part of a small group, all made of bronze by Cheng Rongzhan between 1644 and 1654; the majority decorated with dragons.



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