16 September 2015
A CARVED AMBER SNUFF BOTTLE
The body is carved in high relief with two birds perched in a prunus tree growing from rocks on one side, and a bear watching an eagle perched in the branches of a pine tree on the reverse. The combination of eagle (ying) and bear (xiong) provides the rebus for yingxiong, meaning 'champion' or 'hero'.
3 in. (7.5 cm.) high, glass stopper
Robert Hall, London, 2008.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4781.
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