A jadeite snuff bottle, 1820-1880.

The bottle is carved as a section of bamboo and the stopper is in the form of a mythical fungus, 4.7cm. The carver has made brilliant use of the green inclusions in the stone to highlight the nodes of the bamboo.

Jade has occupied a position of importance in China, far above that of gold or other precious stones, for thousands of years. The term ‘jade’ refers to both nephrite, which was always known to the Chinese, and jadeite which was discovered in Burma in the late 17th Century.

 

REFERENCE: CSBJ 13

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