A pair of calcified nephrite snuff bottles Qing dynasty, 1750-1850
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A pair of calcified nephrite snuff bottles Qing dynasty, 1750-1850
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A pair of calcified nephrite snuff bottles
Qing dynasty, 1750-1850
Each of flattened rectangular form with a gently rounded surface below a cylindrical neck, resting on an oval hollowed foot, the body convex on one side and flat on the reverse, the stone of a pale whitish grey colour.
6.6cm high. (2).

Footnotes

  • Jigubai is the Chinese name for calcified nephrite, and can be found from excavation, where the physical and chemical changes of the nephrite exist due to long-time burial, or can be produced by burning it under heat of over 1250 degrees centrigrade. For another jigubai snuff bottle example, with peal sharp, is illustrated in Clare Lawrence, Miniature Masterpiece from the Middle Kingdom: the Monimar Collection of Chinese snuff bottles, London, 1996, no.81. The author dated that piece as 1730-1800.

    清 1750-1850 雞骨白合歡鼻煙壺一對

    壺呈半瓶形,一面平面,一面凸出,直頸,橢圓形圈足,兩個瓶平面合起來剛好成一對。

    雞骨白,即鈣化玉,一般是因為古玉埋在地底,產生了化學作用而成的,也可以是經1250度高溫燒玉而成,但因為鈣化出現於出土,因此這對鼻煙壺都帶有一點點古意。另一件雞骨白扁瓶形鼻煙壺,可參見於Clare Lawrence,《Miniature Masterpiece from the Middle Kingdom: the Monimar Collection of Chinese snuff bottles》,倫敦,1996,編號81。該件煙壺被作者定為1730-1800。
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