Qing dynasty, 1770-1880 The brownish-red seed-pod forming a compressed globular body, the shoulders and neck mounted with champlevé enamels of lime green, turquoise and coral red. 6cm high.
The seed of a vine called the ketengzi is mostly grow in the tropics. It is formed by up to thirty segments, each containing one seed. The seed is of flatten-round shape. It can be pressed to obtain oil and has high medicinal value. It is commonly found in the provinces of Yunnan, Guangdong, Fujian and Taiwan.
A closely related seed-pod example with champlevé-enamelled shoulder from the Mary and George Bloch Collection is illustrated by Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.7, Hong Kong, 2009, pp.442-443, no.1652.