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Happy Chinese New Year of the Monkey

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« on: February 06, 2016, 05:17:43 pm »

Dear all,
especially to our Chinese members, happy new year of the monkey!
Here is a bottle with a monkey, which should be on a tree, over 18 deers and a spider net.
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2016, 11:29:28 pm »

Wonderful, Giovanni!
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2016, 11:17:34 pm »

Happy New Year to everyone on the Forum for the Year of the Monkey!
Here are a couple of mischievous ones from my collection....

KUNG HAI FAT CHOI !

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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2016, 01:08:47 am »

Happy New Year !
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2016, 02:48:00 am »

Wow....it really IS quiet out there this year....
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2016, 05:09:49 am »

Dear Tom,
very interesting! Are there some deer too on your bottle? I am asking so because the motif of monkey associated to deer and bees is a well known one, described in Terese Bartholomew book. Instead, I have never found a description of the Monkey associated to deers and a spider net motif. This is very rare, I have seen it very seldom, actually only two times I think, which are my snuff bottle and an hat stand that I have in my collection. Your bottle is very unusual, since it is combining both motifs.
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2016, 05:29:35 am »

Dear Giovanni,
I was trying to find my old post for this bottle, but was not successful. So I am posting the main views of it for you here. Yes, you are correct, there is a deer on the other side (but not 18). The spider's web can be seen under the tree branch, as well as bees.
The pine tree is there to symbolize longevity, I believe. And the two birds marital harmony?
A lot of symbolism packed into one small bottle!
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2016, 07:18:23 am »

Dear Tom,
what a lovely bottle, realy nice.
My one is in the following diuscussion:
http://snuffbottle.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,1186.msg11124.html#msg11124
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2016, 08:40:49 pm »

Dear Giovanni,
Thank you for the link back to that thread from October 2012!  I re-read the discussions there, and so was reminded of the interesting comments made by everyone concerning your beautiful bottle with 18 deer!
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2016, 01:33:30 am »

Dear Tom and Giovanni,

      Thank you Giovanni for what was indeed an interesting and informative thread.

      And thank you Tom. Because of you I returned to that thread from 4 years ago, and then expanded 2 years ago by David M. so fruitfully. I really miss his quirky but mind-opening additions. The explanation of 18 deer being double nine, ie., 99, etc., with its additional rebus meaning, was amazing. And YT contributed as well.

      I am thinking of trying to reread old threads. There was so much serious info we shared.
                             GONG XI FA CAI!
   HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR OF THE FIRE MONKEY!

Best to all on the Forum,
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