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Snuff bottles with figures in landscape

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
Carved red lacquer
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); H. incl. stand 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); W. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Snuff Bottles
Credit Line:
Bequest of Edmund C. Converse, 1921
Accession Number:
21.175.359a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
Lacquer, the resin of a tree, has been colored with the mineral cinnabar and then layered onto the surface of this snuff bottle. It is the lacquer, not the underlying substructure, which was carved to create the scene of figures in a landscape.
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