Qing dynasty, 1700-1830 Of teardrop pendant shape, the exterior carved with two coiling chi dragons on a translucent red ground, one of 'S'-shape form with its tail extended to the base forming the foot, the reverse with additional similar mythical beast with head turned backwards. 6.5cm high.
Appearing in almost every workable raw material, chi dragon decoration is closely associated with the Imperial court. For more details on this research, see a nephrite bottle discussed and illustrated by Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.1, Jade, Hong Kong, 1995, pp.240-243, no.99.
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