Snuff bottle with gourd on a trellis


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219

The ingenious use of different colors or flaws in the stone is a technique known as "smart colors," which can produce unexpected spectacles in the hands of experienced carving masters. Here the artist creates the image of a gourd hanging from a trellis by simply polishing the surface of the stone and leaving the dark spot and veins untouched.

Snuff bottle with gourd on a trellis, Chalcedony with jadeite stopper, China

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