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An interesting book on snuff bottle collection of the National Palace Museum

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« on: June 04, 2017, 03:58:10 am »

Dear all,

I bought an interesting book on snuff bottles yesterday published by National Palace Museum in Taipei in 2012 titled "Lifting he Spirit and Body: The Art and Culture of Snuff Bottles".

The cover design is stylish and beautiful. The book showcases a significant collection of the museum's exhibits concentrated on but not limited to snuff bottles (also featured are snuff bottles, snuff dishes and some other snuff related apparatuses), many of which are rare imperial treasures.

Here I'm sharing two pages showing a collection of imperial enamelled glass snuff bottles with an interesting looking snuff bottle carrying box. Somehow the box seems Japanese to me...

Sorry if the picture quality is poor (I took them with my phone under insufficient lighting), I'll try to scan more pages to share with you all soon. For now, hopefully it's good enough for the snuff bottle box can be seen clearly... Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2017, 07:45:16 am »

Dear Samson,

    I have that book as well. Being all in Chinese, it is not a lot of use, but the photos are nice.
I think the 'mons' and the basic asymmetrical elegance give it a Japanese feel. But I agree with you.
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2017, 09:55:30 am »

Nothing like a good book, and this one looks great !
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2017, 10:34:59 am »

I got one too... Grin

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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2017, 11:28:30 am »

Dear Joey,

Sorry but can you explain what "mons" are? Not quite sure what that means... Smiley

Dear Pin,

Certainly I cannot miss this out then!

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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2017, 05:01:40 pm »

Dear Samson,

    The round, usually floral-decorated panels, which are heraldic (ie., showing Family crests, like that of the Tokugawa Shoguns, etc.), are called 'Mons'. I know they appear on Japanese objects, as European coats of arms appear on objects made for European nobles etc., but was not sure if they were also Chinese in usage.

   If you look at #102, #105, and #110, in "Dragons", the late Robert Kleiner, calling them 'medallions', attributed them to the Chinese Court, copying Japanese 'Mons', and suggested that this was done from Kangxi onward.
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2017, 08:39:33 pm »

Dear Joey,

That's very interesting! I've learned something new! Thanks!

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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2017, 09:09:56 pm »

Dear Samson,
 
     My pleasure.
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