A mother-of-pearl 'grapes and squirrels' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty Of baluster form rising from a flattened foot to a short cylindrical neck, carved with a continuous scene of two squirrels amidst fruiting grapes and leafy veins in high relief on one side, the reverse with an exposed swirling vine blending with further vine scrolls on the body. 4.4cm high.
There are two different connotations behind the 'grapes and squirrels' motif. It represents 'ceaseless generations of sons and grandsons' as squirrels have great reproductive power, and can also be symbolic of career advancement, as the word 'squirrels' is a homonym for 'great success' and 'large grape leaves' as a career of significant importance.
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