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Snuff Bottle with European Figures

Snuff Bottle with European Figures

鼻煙壺

1736–95

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Painted enamel on copper

Overall: 7.4 cm (2 15/16 in.)

Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of Mrs. Noah L. Butkin 1991.126

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The stopper is decorated with bats, which traditionally symbolize good luck, since both words (蝠 and 福) are both pronounced as fu in Chinese.

Description

Snuff bottles were introduced from Europe to China around the 1700s to hold portable snuff or medicine.

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