Snuff bottle in the shape of a butterfly, Metal covered with lacquer, inlaid with mother-of-pearl and gold, China

清晚期 黑漆嵌螺鈿蝶形鼻煙壺
Snuff bottle in the shape of a butterfly

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Metal covered with lacquer, inlaid with mother-of-pearl and gold
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Classification:
Snuff Bottles
Credit Line:
Bequest of Edmund C. Converse, 1921
Accession Number:
21.175.334a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221
The butterfly is cherished for its beauty and is a common theme, associated with joy and delight, in Chinese art. Fashioning an object such as this snuff bottle into the shape of a butterfly exemplifies the skill and imagination of the designer.
Edmund Cogswell Converse , Greenwich CT (until d. 1921; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Spirited Creatures: Animal Representations in Chinese Silk and Lacquer," October 21, 2017–July 22, 2018.