Snuff bottle in the shape of a butterfly
- Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
- 19th century
- Metal covered with lacquer, inlaid with mother-of-pearl and gold
- H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
- Snuff Bottles
- Credit Line:
- Bequest of Edmund C. Converse, 1921
- Accession Number:
- 21.175.334a, b
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.