Snuff bottle

33.522

Snuff bottle

33.522

Description

Snuff bottle depicting a wedding parade on the obverse and a pond of fish on the reverse.
Zhong Kui, the demon-queller, had promised his friend the hand of his sister. Riding on a donkey, Zhong Kui is accompanying his sister to her wedding. They are served by two demons, one shading his master with a canopy, and the other pushing the sister on a rickshaw. Five bats, representing the “five happiness,” hover above. The pond of fish is an auspicious design symbolizing a rich household. The inscription gives the date 1908.
Ye Zhongsan was the most prolific artist who specialized in inside-painted snuff bottles. He was active during the 1890s and early 1900s. While capable of high-quality work, Ye also produced a standard set of designs for commercial purposes. Later on, he was joined by his three sons, who also used his name.

Collection

Chinese Art

Artist

Ye Zhongsan

Object Type

Bottle

Material

Glass, Ink and colours

Schools/Culture/Period

Qing dynasty

Technique

Glass painting

Date

19th Century CE

Location

China

Dimension

H: 5.5 cms.