This bottle probably belongs to a group of small jade bottles finely carved with archaistic designs produced at the Palace workshops. For other examples from the series, see H. Moss, V. Graham and K. B. Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle: The J & J Collection, New York, 1993, nos. 34-7; H. Moss, V. Graham and K. B. Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, vol. 1, Jade, Hong Kong, 1995, nos. 81, 83 and 102-4; and R. Kleiner, Treasures from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect: Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of Denis Low, Singapore, 1999, nos. 32 and 33. See, also, an example of this type, from the Blanche B. Exstein Collection, sold in these rooms, 21 March 2002, lot 200.