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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

 


Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Chinese
Title:Snuff bottle with openwork design of dragons
Date Made:19th century (Qing dynasty)
Type:Container
Materials:Hard-paste porcelain and wood; carved with turquoise glaze
Place Made:Asia; China
Measurements:Overall: 2 1/2 in x 1 1/2 and wood and in x 15/16 in; 6.4 cm x 3.8 cm x 2.4 cm; Base: 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 in; 1.3 cm x 4.4 cm x 2.5 cm (2 1/2 in [with stopper])
Narrative Inscription:  No inscription.
Accession Number:  MH 1986.33.338
Credit Line:Bequest of Josephine Purtscher Fellows (Class of 1924)
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Description:
A modern reticulated porcelain flat-sided flask. It depicts a three-toed hydra on one side and clouds on the other. Turquoise with brown (glass?) stopper.

Label Text:
This lovely bottle shows a ferocious dragon on one side and xiangyun (“auspicious clouds”) on the other. The delicate openwork decoration is achieved by carving away the clay while retaining the integrity of the interior compartment.

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