Vintage Chinese Inside Painted Glass Snuff Bottle

I found this beautiful inside painted glass snuff bottle in China. It depicts a different design on each side. On one side is a yellow bird on a branch with reddish orange chrysanthemums. On the other side is a orange winged bird sitting on a branch with pink cherry blossoms. The stopper is of agate. The bottle measures 3 1/4" high by 1 3/4" wide. This a a beautiful collector's item.

Snuff bottles were originally used during the Qing Dynasty to carry powder tobacco as smoking was illegal during that time. Snuff was considered a medicine and a treatment for all kinds of ailments including colds, stomach aches and headaches. Once smoking was legal these prized possessions became collector's items The inside painted bottles often depict a scene and calligraphy, usually a poem. They were painted using a tiny brush, sometimes as small a a single hair, and was achieved through the neck of the bottle. The more detailed the scene and the more famous the artist the more valuable the bottles are.

The bird is highly favored as an auspicious sign. It reflects the Oriental's love of nature. Birds as pets are very important in China and many households have them. The Chinese prize the song bird especially and take very good care of them, feeding them fresh insects and taking them to the park every morning much as we would our pet dogs. It is very common the see the parks full of older men and women early the morning each with their own caged pet bird at their side.

Together with plum, peony and lotus the chrysanthemum symbolizes the four seasons. It is the emblem of autumn and symbol of joviality. It is also a symbol of long life. The cherry blossoms are symbolic of feminine beauty. The cherry tree represents longevity.

Ancient civilizations believed that wearing agate would make them invisible, thus protecting them from danger. Farmers used agates to ensure good crops. Romans wore agate to please the gods that would bring an abundant harvest. In ancient Asia, agates were used to see the future.

Item ID: CVC244RL

Vintage Chinese Inside Painted Glass Snuff Bottle

Vintage Chinese Inside Painted Glass Snuff Bottle
Vintage Chinese Inside Painted Glass Snuff Bottle
Vintage Chinese Inside Painted Glass Snuff Bottle

I found this beautiful inside painted glass snuff bottle in China. It depicts a different design on each side. On one side is a yellow bird on a branch with reddish orange chrysanthemums. On the other side is a orange winged bird sitting on a branch with pink cherry blossoms. The stopper is of agate. The bottle measures 3 1/4" high by 1 3/4" wide. This a a beautiful collector's item.

Snuff bottles were originally used during the Qing Dynasty to carry powder tobacco as smoking was illegal during that time. Snuff was considered a medicine and a treatment for all kinds of ailments including colds, stomach aches and headaches. Once smoking was legal these prized possessions became collector's items The inside painted bottles often depict a scene and calligraphy, usually a poem. They were painted using a tiny brush, sometimes as small a a single hair, and was achieved through the neck of the bottle. The more detailed the scene and the more famous the artist the more valuable the bottles are.

The bird is highly favored as an auspicious sign. It reflects the Oriental's love of nature. Birds as pets are very important in China and many households have them. The Chinese prize the song bird especially and take very good care of them, feeding them fresh insects and taking them to the park every morning much as we would our pet dogs. It is very common the see the parks full of older men and women early the morning each with their own caged pet bird at their side.

Together with plum, peony and lotus the chrysanthemum symbolizes the four seasons. It is the emblem of autumn and symbol of joviality. It is also a symbol of long life. The cherry blossoms are symbolic of feminine beauty. The cherry tree represents longevity.

Ancient civilizations believed that wearing agate would make them invisible, thus protecting them from danger. Farmers used agates to ensure good crops. Romans wore agate to please the gods that would bring an abundant harvest. In ancient Asia, agates were used to see the future.

Item ID: CVC244RL

$64 USD

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