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Snuff Bottle

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Aventurine glass with tourmaline stopper
Dimensions:
H. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm); H. incl. stand 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); W. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Snuff Bottles
Credit Line:
Bequest of Edmund C. Converse, 1921
Accession Number:
21.175.268a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
Aventurine glass, which was made by dissolving copper particles into the molten glass, was invented by the Venetian glass makers of Murano. It was introduced to China during the Kangxi reign (1662–1722) and immediately caught the imagination of the Qing court. These prized bottles were made by the Imperial Workshop and given as gifts or rewards.
Edmund Cogswell Converse , Greenwich CT (until d. 1921) bequeathed to MMA
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