The slightly flattened ovoid bottle with flat lip and recessed base is carved through the bright orange and red exterior 'skin' with fish and sea plants in high relief on an opaque ground of orange and red color.
2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) high, mother-of-pearl stopper
Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, California, 2011.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5172.

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For a similar glass simulated 'realgar' bottle carved with aquatic motifs see M. Hughes, The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, Chinese Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong, 2009, p. 240-241, no. 187.

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