glass, with coating of red lacquer; green jade top; medallions cut from the lacquer; hand-painted scene on glass

Snuff Bottle, 1875-1925

Unknown artist, expand_more

Glass, jadeiteexpand_more

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus L. Searleexpand_more  27.1.192a-c

The vases, plum tree branches, books, rocks, and fruit shown on this snuff bottle are together known as “pure offerings of spring” (suizhao qinggong), a common motif in Chinese painting. These depictions of specific groups of symbolic and functional objects were typically created for the celebration of the New Year; they conveyed good fortune and acted as a reminder for optimism throughout the coming year.

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Title
Snuff Bottle
Role
Artist
Accession Number
27.1.192a-c
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glass, with coating of red lacquer; green jade top; medallions cut from the lacquer; hand-painted scene on glass