Liu Shouben snuff bottles from a private Australian collection (lots 243-248)
An inside-painted crystal 'Water Margin' snuff bottle
Liu Shouben, dated 1996 The wide bottle flanked by a pair of taotie ring handles, painted with a continuous scene of the figures engaged in various leisurely activities. 6.8cm high.
Provenance 來源: Y.F. Yang & Co., Hong Kong
The legend tells of a group of a hundred and eight heroes gathering at Mount Liang to form a sizable army before granted amnesty by the Emperor and sent on campaigns to resist foreign invaders and suppress rebel forces. The inscription translates 'made by Liu Shouben, the finest of the Jing class, autumn of 'bingzi' year (1996)', followed by a seal of the artist.