"Inner Painting," or painting inside glass spheres or snuff bottles, originated during the Ming Dynasty. The craft came about when the elegant art of painting and ceramics making in China had reached a peak.In the 18th century, a young Buddhist monk found himself inspired by a carelessly discarded empty snuff bottle. The monk noticed that the bottle's previous owner had scraped the inside of the snuff bottle in a vain attempt to remove additional snuff. In the process, a curious blend of marks and scratches had inadvertently been left behind on the bottle's inner wall. Inspired by these haphazard marks, the monk invented a way to paint elegant images rivaling the best of traditional Ming painting inside the bottle through a tiny opening in the bottle's mouth.
This style, spread by word of mouth, developed in sophistication over the next several centuries. It soon became a status symbol for sophisticated and wealthy Chinese to exchange inner painting bottles as a form of gift giving. The Chinese gentry of the Ming and especially Qing dynasties focused their creative energies on causing their most.This item includes a tea pot and 4 tea cupsChinese ancient beauty pattern.Dimensions:Tea Pot: 3"1/8Dx3"Tea Cup: 1"1/2Dx1"HPackage: 8"Dx1"H
Preparation Time: 2-3 working days