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Snuff bottle with the God of Wealth

Snuff bottle with the God of Wealth


This shows Liu Hai, the God of Wealth, with his 3-legged toad. Liu Hai is a Daoist figure, who was originally a minister of state about a thousand years ago. Stories tell how he owned a toad that could take him anywhere he wanted. Sometimes the toad disappeared down wells but Liu Hai could always tempt him out again with a string of coins.

Glass, carved overlay
Height: 6.0 cm, width: 4.2 cm, depth: 2.2 cm, neck diameter: 1.5 cm

Creator: Unknown

Date: 1800-1910, Qing dynasty

Copyright: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Object ID:E2069

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