Snuff bottles with figures in landscape
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
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)
Bequest of Edmund C. Converse, 1921
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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