Snuff bottle with European figures


Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219

This snuff bottle illustrates the frequent contact between China and the West during the Qing dynasty, a time when not only the technique (painted enamel) but also the decorative motifs (Western figures in a landscape setting) were introduced from Europe.

Snuff bottle with European figures, Painted enamel on copper with gilt bronze stopper, China

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