A black glass overlay 'archaic bronze' snuff bottle
Late Qing dynasty Of compressed spherical form rising from a recessed oval foot towards a cylindrical neck, each side carved in black overlays with archaic bronze vessels of various forms and sizes, with another pair flanked at the sides. 6.4cm high.
Tradtion has it that the legendary emperor Yu in the Xia dynasty cast nine tripods, which according to the strict ritual regulation, could only be used by the emperor. Therefore, 'nine ding vessels' usually symbolise high status with great power and that one's words are trustworthy.
Another closely related snuff bottle, with 'lotus-root-powder' ground, is illustrated by Dr. Simon Kwan, The Muwen Tang Collection series. Vol. 19. Glass Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong, 2009, p.404, pl.315.
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