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Snuff bottle, inside-painted

Snuff bottle, inside-painted


This snuff bottle is made of clear glass. The enamelled design of a landscape and flowers is painted on the inside. This was done using a very small bamboo brush bent at the tip that could be pushed into the top of the bottle and used to paint the design.

This technique required a lot of skill and patience. A painter could produce only about seven hundred bottles in their lifetime before their eyesight and co-ordination deteriorated.

Height: 5.8 cm, width: 4.2 cm, depth: 2.0 cm, neck diameter: 1.9 cm

Chinese Description:

鼻烟壶 中国,清朝,约1850-1910 这件鼻烟壶以内壁倒画山水及花鸟。内壁画技法繁难,工匠以细小毛笔自壶口探入内壁一笔一点完成倒画。这既耗目力,又考手眼协调的定力,年迈的工匠多不能胜任,故巧匠一生只能制七百多件内壁画。 玻璃

Creator: Unknown

Date: 1800-1910, Qing dynasty

Copyright: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Object ID:E2061

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