A pink and green glass overlay 'elephant' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1760-1830 The bulbous body finely carved in the form of an elephant, depicted standing on all fours, its body decorated with floral trappings, all beneath downward lappets of ruyi heads at the shoulders and a ringed neck, all against a lotus ground. 6.7cm high.
Exhibited: Chinese Snuff Bottles, jointly presented by Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors Study Group and the Urban Council, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 15 October to 26 November 1977
Illustrated: Chinese Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1977, p.29, pl.23
Compare a similar yellow glass snuff bottle in the shape of an elephant, illustrated by Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.5, Glass, Hong Kong, 2002, p.396, pl.856, and sold in these rooms, 27 May 2012 lot 141.
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