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Snuff bottle in the shape of a gourd

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Painted enamel with lapis lazuli stopper
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Classification:
Snuff Bottles
Credit Line:
Bequest of Edmund C. Converse, 1921
Accession Number:
21.175.333a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
A popular decorative motif, the gourd is synonymous of progeny, or multiple children, because the image of numerous gourds growing on a single vine is viewed as a symbol of many children in one family line.
Edmund Cogswell Converse , Greenwich CT (until d. 1921) bequeathed to MMA
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