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Snuff bottles with figures in landscape

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carved red lacquer
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
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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