This bottle belongs to a range of bottles, mostly in agate or jade, which are all inspired by the same idea of intertwined fish, using the natural markings in the material to considerable and inventive advantage. The group is discussed by H. Moss in Chinese Snuff Bottles of the Silica or Quartz Group, London, 1971, p. 83, nos. 214 and 215 and again by Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Hong Kong, 1993, Volume I, p. 254, no. 158. Many bottles of this group seem to be from the same lapidary workshop. Particularly noteworthy on the present example are the feather-like tails of the fish, which are finely ridged, cleverly woven through the design and subtly wound around the neck of the bottle.