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


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