1912-1948 Of tapering cylindrical form, with a rounded everted lip and a round unglazed foot rim, the body decorated with five cockerels in a garden setting in overglaze enamels. 3 1/8 (8.1cm) high
For a similar bottle, see the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Journal, March 1976, p. 21 fig 114.
Five roosters (wugong) is synonymous with the term 'five lords' and thus can often be an allusion to high government position. It is plausible that this bottle may have been a presentation gift to an aspiring civil service examination candidate. See also Ka Bo Tsang, "The chicken and its manifold meaning", International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Journal, Autumn 1993, pp 4-17.
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