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During the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), snuff was introduced into Chinese culture by way of the Silk Road and European trade. A mixture of fine tobacco, herbs and spices, snuff quickly became popular amongst the Qing courtiers for medicinal…

As a pair, each of these garlic head vases has a short dish-shaped mouth, a waisted neck, a pear-shaped belly tapering to the bottom, and a foot ring. The exterior of both vases is primarily decorated with dou cai*. The first register depicts evenly…

This is a large square mallet vase (fang bang chui ping) with a flaring mouth, a tall and straight neck, angular shoulders, a four-sided body tapering to the bottom, and a slightly concave base. The exterior is primarily decorated with the…

Seals, such as this one, were commonly owned by artists and scholars in traditional China to sign, date, or add poetic inscriptions to works. This seal, from an assortment of 14, bares a dragon upon it which seems to be chasing the pearl of wisdom.…

This is an elegantly decorated dou cai* shallow dish with a flaring mouth and a short footring. Its exterior is decorated with 2 pairs of double-antlered dragons walking among the clouds in various colors on a smooth and even white glazed background.…

This is a dou cai* double-gourd bottle with a small outward-turning mouth-rim, two chilong shaped handles, and a footring. The origin of the double-gourd bottle can be traced back to similar pottery gourd bottle from the Banpo site of the Yangshao…

This brass bowl is a fine example of Chinese decorative art. Its surface illustrates some sections from “The Journey to the West” (Xiyouji), one of the most renowned and popular classical Chinese novels dated back to some four hundred years ago.…

With the introduction of snuff to China during the late Ming dynasty, the practice of snuff taking became a nation-wide habit, particularly among the Manchu's during the Qing dynasty. Accordingly, small bottles used for storing the powdered snuff…

This ching is decorated with the grain pattern and scroll design, and suspended from a jade ring. Below is the dual dragons design embracing a sphere, and through the base of the dual dragons is a red cord which is tied to a white round circle which…

This carved rhinoceros horn cup was probably produced for ceremonial purposes as suggested by the magical healing powers of the horn in Chinese culture. The cup is also decorated with auspicious animals. These include what looks like a horse or…