An antique Chinese snuff bottle of the Japanese craft genre, that includes lacquer, cloisonne, mother of pearl and cinnabar executed in Japanese craft houses of very high skill and workmanship. Well hollowed and completely made of mother of pearl shell! These works were favored during the late 19th century and early republic period, to satisfy collectors and souvenir shops in China, where foreigners made regular visits for trade. Most of these that I have found and collected would be dated about 1880-1920. Instability, and Japanese control of parts of China stopped imports and production of such goods by the 1930s. This is an earlier piece of extraordinary quality and workmanship, featuring a carved bird on branches on one side with a flying dragon on the reverse. Made in a more traditional snuff bottle shape. Measures 6.8 cm (2.7 inches) tall. The piece is in excellent condition with no damages, complete and beautiful!