Here's a smaller sized old Chinese snuff bottle carved of banded agate, which also shows the characteristics of s shadow agate snuff bottle. In the center is a geode-like inclusion, which rather reminds me of a flying bat. The bottle is very well hollowed following the shape of the snuff bottle, which is a characteristic of many antique bottles. Based on the top, which is probably a replacement, I can't conclude that this one is antique but the size and hollowing certainly suggest that it is. Condition: the bottle on the reverse, whitish agate side has an inclusion in the center which could be a crack, it is rather hard to tell. Considering that this could be a crack, we are pricing this one far below what we would normally for such a fine bottle. This is an excellent snuff bottle in almost every respect, save for the possible crack, which you will find hard to see on causal inspection. Agate top and bone spoon (pitted and porous on examination, verified actual bone). Measures 4.8 cm tall and 4.2 cm wide, or 1.9 inches tall and 1.65 inches wide, the typical smaller size of antiques snuff bottles. a really beautifully executed snuff bottle.
An Unusual Banded Agate Chinese Snuff Bottle with Shadow Inclusions
$124 $148 SALE