A quartz snuff bottle, Chinese, 1780-1850.

The bottle is of honey chalcedony, the green inclusions carved to depict two Buddhist lions chasing brocade balls, whilst a three-legged toad watches the scene, 5.7cm.

This is a classic example of the style of hardstone carving that became very popular in China in the early 19th Century; the craftsman showing great skill in utilising the natural inclusions in the stone to depict the subjects.

Green is uncommon in this material. 


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