Due to it's exceptional versatility of style, technique and material, all in one small object, as well as the fine craftsmanship, these tiny masterpieces quickly became one of the most notable representations of the use of artistic skill throughout the Qing Dynasty. During the 1700's snuff increased in popularity among the Chinese, which created a great demand for Snuff Bottles. They became conversation pieces and collectable items almost immediately. Collecting snuff bottles became the newest nationwide habit, and it spread to all of the social classes with the actual snuff-taking, at the very end of the eighteenth century. The finer the snuff bottle, the more respected was its owner. Snuff bottles were made out of every material of which the Chinese knew. This included glass, porcelain, jade and other hardstones, ivory, coral, lacquer, amber, wood, etcALONG THE RIVER DURING CHING MING FESTIVAL was the work of Song Dynasty artist, Zhang Zeduan. The painting captures the daily life of people from the Song period at thecapital, Pien Jing (today's Kaifeng). The theme celebrates Ching Ming Festival (Qingming Festival). The entire piece was painted in handscroll format and the content reveals the lifestyle of all stratum of the society (from rich to poor) as well as different economic activities in rural areas and the city. It offers glimpse of the custumes and architecture during the period. As an artistic creation, the piece has been well revered and over the centuries, court artists of subsequent dynasties have reproduced several versions. Dimensions: 2"1/4x1"x2"
Preparation Time: 2-3 working days