A quartz snuff bottle, Chinese, 1760-1900.

The bottle is of agate in pebble form, carved to suggest a bat and clouds.

Agate is a common rock formation comprised of mainly quartz and chalcedony and has a wide variety of colours.

It was widely used in ancient times, for example in jewellery and other ornamentation in Ancient Greece and by early civilisations in the Indus Valley.


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