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Vintage Reverse-Hand Painted (Both Sides) Chinese Snuff Bottle - Cats & Flowers For Sale

Vintage Reverse-Hand Painted (Both Sides) Chinese Snuff Bottle - Cats & Flowers

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Vintage Reverse-Hand Painted (Both Sides) Chinese Snuff Bottle - Cats & Flowers:

This precious Chinese snuff bottle is delicately hand painted on both sides of its interior glass to show cats in the grass -- two on each side, amidst flowers and grapevines, with a lemony yellow background.
This dark green cap is made of polished agate stone.In my last photo, the paper with the printed description of the painting process is for reading only and not included with this bottle.During the Qing Dynasty, smoking tobacco was prohibited, but the use of snuff (powdered tobacco) was allowed because it was considered to be a remedy for common illnesses. Therefore, snuff was carried in a small bottle like other medicines. The bottles continued to be produced as art objects because they became popular collector's items. The art involves painting with a fine bamboo brush, adroitly manipulated through the tiny neck of the bottle. And, since it's painted on the back to be viewed from the front, it must be painted in reverse. The bottle with its cap on measures about 3.25" tall and weighs 7 oz.It's in perfect condition-- previously displayed only, and clean.
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