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Period: Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: glass and painted enamel
Date: undated
Dimensions: height: 6.4 cm, diameter: 3.2 cm

In the form of a gourd, this snuff bottle has a round foot ring and an ivory spoon attached to the gilded copper cover that is decorated with floral patterns. The white glass body is painted with enamel patterns of flourishing gourds with green leaves, white blossoms and yellow fruit, among which five red bats are flying. Such a design expresses the wish "may you have more sons and great good fortune" since a gourd holds a large number of seeds, and "bat" (fu) is a homophone with fortune (fu). On the bottom is a blue Qianlong reign mark in regular script (kai shu).   
  The present snuff bottle, with sprightly shape and auspicious pattern, is a collaborative product of the glass workshops and enamel workshops at the Qing court.

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