Japan, 1868-1920 Of shield form rising from a ruyi- shaped foot to a flared neck flanked by chi dragon handles, both sides carved with a shou character amongst chrysanthemums and leafy sprays, further encircled by a ring of butterflies. 5cm high.
For similar brass snuff bottles with floral decoration, see Bob Stevens, Snuff Bottles, New York, 1976, p.218, pl.812; and Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottle IV, London, 1991, p,6, no.6, where the author argues that the bottle was made during or shortly after the Meiji period (1868-1912) in Japan and more than likely created for export to China.
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