An ivory carved snuff bottle, Japanese, 1880-1940.

The bottle, from Kyoto, is in the form of a sage who is standing holding an open book, 9.5cm.

This snuff bottle is one of a very few Japanese and Korean examples included in a large collection of almost four hundred Chinese bottles bought by David, 6th Marquess of Exeter (1905-1981) in the 1940s.

The collection was formed by Doctor Charles Martin, over a period of almost forty years, whilst working as a medical practioner in China.


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