Qing dynasty Of compressed globular form, rising from a flattened foot to a straight cylindrical neck, beautifully enhanced by a natural sheen to the rich brown stone. 6.8cm high. (2).
For an almost identical snuff bottle, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.2, Hong Kong, 1998, pp.81-82, no.210, where the author outlines how the Bloch example was identified in the late 1960s by the Geological Museum in London as 'chert', a name given to a range of impure siliceous rocks, but that in the absence of taking a destructive sample, a question mark remains over this small group of attractive snuff bottles.
此類鼻煙壺較為少見，與本壺形製如出一轍的例子，可參見莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著，《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection》，第2冊，第一部份，1998年，頁81-82，編號210。作者指出在60年代後期，曾把瑪麗及莊智博藏品帶到倫敦地質博物館作測試，被定為是黑矽石，是一個可包括一系列不純化的矽質石之總稱。但由於未有提取大量樣本作測試，對於這類鼻煙壺的確實物料，仍有待探討。
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