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

The bottle is in the form of a gourd, the base carved and pierced with branches and leaves, 6.2cm.

It was probably originally a pendant. At 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.

 

REFERENCE: CSBO55

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