A mother-of-pearl snuff bottle, Chinese, 1820-1900.

The bottle is in the form of a gourd, with a squirrel nibbling a fruit amidst leaves and tendrils in relief, 6cm.

It was probably originally a pendant.

After the end of the 19th Century, when the demand for Chinese snuff bottles was considerably increased, many finely carved early pendants, amulets and hardstone carvings were converted into snuff bottles.


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