Beautiful Antique Mutton Fat Jade Snuff Bottle 19thC

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 30, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
An Exquisite Carved Jade

Snuff Bottle

You are bidding on a beautiful carved jade snuff bottle. Meticulously carved from a fine piece of fine quality jade. The jade exhibits a creamy milky appearance. It is often times termed as mutton fat jade. T is a carving of a robed boy carrying a ruyi scepter sitting atop a scaled Qilin creature, in low relief.

A Qilin is a fabulous creature which appears in various forms and is associated with the wish for sons. In English it is sometimes described as a 'Unicorn' but this is misleading as the Qilin sometimes has more than one horn. The Qilin was also used on the 'badges of rank' as a symbol for the highest rank among the military officials. The Qilin was a popular figure in Chinese mythology because it was associated with a wish for sons. Generally the unicorn was defined as a benevolent creature which lives in the Kunlun mountains and represents good fortune, fecundity, and filial piety. The last attribute reveals its asociation with Confucianism as in Confucian legend, the qilin appeared to Confucius' mother just before he was born. In the Chinese mythology it was also one of the nine sea monsters . The qilin had the head of a dragon, the body of a deer but scaly, the tail of a Buddhist lion, and the hooves of a goat. In decorations, the qilin is sometimes mistaken
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