AN INSIDE-PAINTED ROCK CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE
AN INSIDE-PAINTED ROCK CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE

YE ZHONGSAN, DATED TO THE FOURTH MONTH OF THE DINGYOU YEAR (1897), BOTTLE PROBABLY 1750-1800

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AN INSIDE-PAINTED ROCK CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE
YE ZHONGSAN, DATED TO THE FOURTH MONTH OF THE DINGYOU YEAR (1897), BOTTLE PROBABLY 1750-1800
The rounded rectangular bottle is painted on the interior with a scene of the Eight Horses of Mu Wang frolicking and grazing amidst trees on a grassy field, and is inscribed and dated by the artist stating that it was made at the capital.
2 ½ in. (6.4 cm.) high, stone stopper
Provenance
Robert Kleiner, London, 2011.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5250.

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Lot Essay

The legendary Eight Horses of Mu Wang, the fifth sovereign of the Western Zhou dynasty, were renowned for their speed and perseverance, and are a common theme found in Chinese decorative art. They are traditionally believed to have been used by King Mu on his mythical journey to visit Xiwangmu, the Queen Mother of the West, and on his expeditions to subdue barbarian tribes.

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