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Snuff bottle in imitation of painted enamel metalwork

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with colored enamels over a transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm)
Classification:
Snuff Bottles
Credit Line:
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number:
14.40.574a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
The eighteenth century witnessed numerous exciting innovations in Chinese ceramics. The artists produced molded or carved porcelain snuff bottles that imitated wares made of other materials, such as lacquer, wood, ivory, and, in this case, painted enamel on metalwork.
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