A SILHOUETTE AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
A SILHOUETTE AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
A SILHOUETTE AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
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A SILHOUETTE AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE

1780-1880

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A SILHOUETTE AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
1780-1880
The bottle is carved in low relief utilizing the dark brown markings on one side with Meng Haoren riding a donkey and carrying a large branch of prunus, the ground of pale grey color with dark brown markings suggesting a surrounding landscape.
2 ½ in. (6.3 cm.) high, quartz stopper
Provenance
Gerd Lester Collection; Sotheby's New York, 22 March 1998, lot 124.
Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong, 1999.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 2832.
Literature
Symposium on Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of Carl F. Barron, Presented at the Annual Convention of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Association, Boston, privately printed, 2008, p. 16, fig. U.
Exhibited
Boston, International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Convention, The Barron Collection, 23-26 September 2008.
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Lot Essay

The subject of a scholar riding a donkey, sometimes followed by an attendant holding a branch of prunus, has been variously interpreted. Ka Bo Tsang has identified this particular figure as the Tang-dynasty scholar, poet and recluse, Meng Haoren, who was reputed to have admired prunus blossoms. For further discussion, see Ka Bo Tsang, "Who is the Rider on the Donkey?", JICSBS, Summer, 1994, pp. 4-16, fig. 14. Another possibility is that the figure represents the fifth-century poet Lu Kai, from the Song State (AD 420-479) of the Southern Dynasties period, who is shown traveling in Jiangnan accompanied by his attendant who carries a branch of prunus blossoms. Lu sends these blossoms hundreds of miles north to his friend the historian Fan Ye (AD 398-445) in Chang'an with a poem, the last line of which reads: "I send you merely a branch of spring."
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