A pink and green overlay glass 'crab shell and weed' snuff bottle Qing dynasty
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A pink and green overlay glass 'crab shell and weed' snuff bottle Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 56,250 (US$ 7,253) inc. premium
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A pink and green overlay glass 'crab shell and weed' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty
The compressed body with a slender neck, each side carved in relief with a scene of a crab rising out from crashing waves amongst weeds and rockwork.
5.8cm high.

Footnotes

  • According to research by Dr. Simon Kwan, the characters for 'crab shell' (mingshi) and 'weed' (xuanjuzhi) are homonyms for 'first place in the semi-final list of the Imperial exam". Thus, this bottle bears a wish for academic success. See Dr. Simon Kwan, The Muwen Tang Collection series, Vol.19, Glass Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong, 2009, p.83.

    清 粉套綠玻璃二甲傳臚鼻煙壺

    壺呈扁瓶形,直口,橢圓形圈足。粉色地在口沿位置偏深,愈往圈足處愈淺色。正背面紋飾一致,以綠色玻璃雕水中螃蟹及蘆葦,蘆葦枝葉擺動,水波紋流動清楚,是富動感的一個構圖,嚴謹細膩。

    根據關善明博士的研究,《明史.選舉志》中有云:「士大夫通以鄉試第一為解元,會試第一為會元,(殿試)二、三甲第一為傳臚。」,因此,以螃蟹甲殼代表「甲」,及蘆葦代表「臚」,合為「二甲傳臚」,祝願高中科舉,本壺正背兩面內容及構圖相同正有「二甲」之意,是此類鼻煙壺的好例子。研究內容見關善明博士,《沐文堂收藏全集.卷十九.玻璃煙壺》,香港,2009年,頁38。
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