QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
The bottle is of slender, elongated form tapering towards a narrow foot, from a slightly everted straight rim. Each side is patterned with curling ‘c’-shaped motifs, forming an archaistic taotie mask. The stone is of a soft, yellowish-green colour.
An imperial teardrop-shaped snuff bottle with similar designs of taotie amidst scrolling decoration carved in low relief is published in Clare Lawrence, The Alexander Brody Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles, London, 1995, p. 12, Catalogue No. 6.