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February 26, 2020, 02:49:55 am
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Question About Possible Snuff Bottle Pouch

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« on: December 22, 2019, 02:11:48 am »


....I've seen Qing Dynasty Chinese Snuff Bottle pouches with that same decoration, and indeed, since the Qing were Manchus, and closely connected to other Nomadic peoples, such as the Mongols, it is not odd to see Mongolian design elements in Northern Chinese crafts.

   And also Tibetan, since the Qing, from the Qianlong Emperor at least, if not even further, with the Kangxi Emperor, were strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.

    What I did not realise, though you wrote something to the effect, was that the second pouch, though done with what look like Chinese brocade, is actually copying an even older [in Mongolian context] pouch made as a rectangle, with the slit in the middle, and used as you described.


Dear Joey,

     A treatise on Mongolian motifs by Terese Tse Bartholemew includes one very similar to that seen on my first pouch, which is the reason I called the embroidered work on it Mongolian.
     But you are quite correct - there was a considerable amount of cross-cultural influence between Chinese, Manchu, Mongolian and Tibetan arts & crafts. As I dare say there still is today, an example being the Chinese style of brocade on the second pouch (although the Mongolians selling them insist it is a 'local' brocade!). 

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Tom
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