A glass snuff bottle, 18th Century.

The ochre body of the bottle is suffused with patches of bright red and yellow, in imitation of realgar, 5.8cm.

Attributed to Beijing.

Realgar is the name given to a toxic substance which was important in Daoist alchemical practice. Its colours were widely admired by the Chinese literati and it was often imitated in glass.

 

REFERENCE: CSBG6

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