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Snuff bottle in the shape of a melon with a butterfly
Place of Origin: China
Date: approx. 1800-1900
Historical Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Object Name: Snuff bottle
Materials: Amber
Dimensions: H. 2 3/4 in x W. 1 3/4 in x D. 1 1/2 in, H. 7 cm x W. 4.4 cm x D. 3.8 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: B72M40
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 17

Description

Label: Melon (gua) and butterfly (die) combine to form the auspicious saying guadie mianmian, meaning "ceaseless generations" (numerous descendants).

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Exhibition History: Annual Gem and Mineral Show, Hall of Flowers, San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society, Inc., 8/6/1983 - 8/7/1983
Label: Melon (gua) and butterfly (die) combine to form the auspicious saying guadie mianmian, meaning "ceaseless generations" (numerous descendants).
Exhibition History: Annual Gem and Mineral Show, Hall of Flowers, San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society, Inc., 8/6/1983 - 8/7/1983