A mother-of-pearl 'mandarin ducks' snuff bottle and snuff dish
Qing dynasty, 1800-1900 The irregular-shaped bottle carved in relief with a scene of two ducks in a water pond amidst flowering plum blossoms, one standing on a rock and the other swimming, together with a circular snuff dish. 6.4cm high.
A similar example with low-relief carving is illustrated by Hugh Moss, Snuff Bottles of China, London, 1971, p.101, pl.166.
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