This exquisite snuff bottle dates to the Qing Dynasty circa 1800, the design is lovely with the bottle being carved as a horse with a monkey on it's back. The tail is the stopper for the bottle.
There is a real sense of fun about this piece. Firstly a monkey riding a horse signifies promotion and good luck and prosperity here the horse is lying on it's side resting the monkey is playful too.
The quartz shows some natural inclusions typical for this gemstone in places and catches the light beautifully.
This wonderful antique measures approximately 2 11/16" long by 1 5/16" wide by 7/8" tall (68mm x 34mm x 22mm).
It is in lovely condition and presents beautifully. The stopper fits well is contemporaneous to the bottle and is made from wood. There is no damage and no repairs to the bottle.
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