This example Peking glass cameo carved snuff bottle, is sublime. It was produced during the Qing dynasty (c1644 – c1911) and so is no later in date than circa 1911.
It has been remarkably produced from a thick blank of white opal glass, cased with amethyst (manganese) glass, mouth blown to form its shape and annealed to cool. The lengthy and skillful process then begins so as to carve away and to remove any amethyst glass where not required as a featured design. The removal of other areas of the amethyst glass provides additional dimension and a transparency to the depth of the decorative elements and unaided by machinery or acid/chemical of any kind.
This particular example depicts three meaningful symbols of Chinese Tibetan Buddhist held belief and each are often used upon such bottle types, as a token of expression over and above just being highly decorative.
One face of the bottle has been cameo carved to represent `The Wind Horse' whilst the second face depicts a crane upon a dragon. Each combine as a hope expressed to provide power, protection, good fortune & well-being and longevity to its user/owner. This bottle would have also been displayed and used within a personal and private temple.
More often than not, these bottle types would be bound to the owner's waist belt, during times of travel or Buddhist pilgrimage and simply tethered to a belt with a leather cord for example. Many of these bottles became detached from their stoppers which is acceptable in collective terms,however this bottle retains.
The vibrant crimson red glass stopper to this already, beautiful bottle, adds a further decorative element which compliments the entire piece to perfection. The vibrancy of the red, no doubt a helpful and reassuring choice of colour to assist it not being lost or misplaced!
I have photographed this bottle grouped with other Peking glass examples, to provide scale & size comparison and for display purposes. The other bottles as shown are also currently available from my collection and are each listed individually.
Each and all, are outstanding examples of Peking glass and this bottle is no exception.
It is a worthy and wise investment piece for your collection and sensible offers will be considered by request.
Height: 3 inches Widest diameter: 2.25 inches Postage weight: 400g
Item ID: JJ580
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