A red glass overlay snuff bottle 1750-1820
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A red glass overlay snuff bottle 1750-1820
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A red glass overlay snuff bottle 1750-1820 A red glass overlay snuff bottle 1750-1820 A red glass overlay snuff bottle 1750-1820 A red glass overlay snuff bottle 1750-1820
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A red glass overlay snuff bottle
1750-1820
Of compressed ovoid form with a flat lip and a high oval foot rim surrounding a recessed foot, the transparent, bubble suffused glass with a single ruby red overlay, carved in high relief and boasting a continuous design of nine interacting chi dragons.
2 5/8in (6.7cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    T.Y. King, Hong Kong

    Although chilong or chi dragons are a common motif on red glass overlay snuff bottles, the representation of nine in this example is auspicious and significant due to the importance of the number nine in Chinese culture. According to Daoist numerology the number nine has the greatest Yang (masculine) and is related to Heaven, as was the emperor, i.e. The Son of Heaven. As a result imperial objects would frequently bear the nine-dragon motif. Despite the imperial allusions that adorn the bottle, they do not unequivocally signify it as solely an emperor's possession; the profusion of court robes worn by higher ranked nobles and princes that also bear nine dragons indicate this symbolism was widespread among the upper echelons of the imperial hierarchy.

    For another red overlay glass snuff bottle with nine chi dragons see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A treasury of Chinese snuff bottles, the George and Mary Bloch Collection vol 5 part 2, no 883, p. 452.
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