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Snuff Bottle
Interior Painting in Snuff Bottle
Snuff bottles are not native to China but were reportedly introduced from the West by fr.Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit father who worked in Beijing in the early 17th century. Yet the art of interior painting in snuff bottle was born and developed in China and unique to the country. A popular story tells how the art originated. In the Qing Dynasty, an official addicted to snuff stopped on his way at a small temple for a rest. When he took out his crystal snuff bottle to take a sniff, he found it was already empty. He then scraped off a little of the powder that had stuck on the interior wall of the bottle by means of a slender bamboo stick, thus leaving lines on the inside, visible through the transparent wall. A young monk saw him at this and hit upon the idea of making pictures inside the bootle. Thus a new art was born. The"painting brush" of the snuff bottle artist today is not very different from what the official in the story used at the beginning. It is a slender bamboo stick, not much thicker but much longer than a match, with the tip shaped like a fine-pointed hook. Dipped in coloured ink and thrust inside the bottle, the hooked tip is employed to paint on the interior surfaces of the walls, following the will of the painter. The art became perfected the flourished towards the end of the Qing Dynasty at the turn of the century. Curio dealers began to offer good prices to collect them for a profit. Snuff bottles are small in size, no more than 6-7cm high and 4-5cm wide, yet the accomplished artist can produce, on the limited space of the internal surfaces, any subject on the whole gamut of traditional Chinese painting-human portraits, landscapes, flowers and birds-and calligraphy. Liu Shouben, a celebrated contemporary master in this field, succeeded in painting all the 108 heroes and heroines of the classical novel Water Margin, each with his or her characteristic expression, all inside one single bottle!
Pieces available for order:  
Item#:K1S0001
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0002
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0003
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0004
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
 
Item#:K1S0005
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0006
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0007
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0008
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
 
Item#:K1S0009
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0010
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0011
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0012
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0013
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0014
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0015
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0016
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0017
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0018
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0019
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0020
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0021
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0022
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0023
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0024
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
 
Item#:K1S0025
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0026
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0027
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0028
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
 
Item#:K1S0029
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
Item#:K1S0030
Name:Hand Painted Snuff Bottle
Material:Glass
Size(cm):W5*D3*H9cm
Size(inch):1.97"W*1.19"D*3.55"H
Unit Price:USD19.90
     
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