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Snuff Bottles with Pictures Inside

Updated:2008-06-04 20:07 | Source:

  Chinese name: 内画壶(nèi huà hú)

  Usually it is a flat snuff bottle made of glass, while some more

  precious ones are made of jade, crystal or agate. The most

  astonishing thing about these is that the designs of the bottles

  are drawn by skilled craftsmen from inside the bottle with a tiny

  writing brush. Making a snuff bottle with pictures inside calls

  for extremely deft drawing techniques and it takes a few weeks or

  one month to finish one bottle. It can be collected as a delicate

  collection and there are many bottles on display in overseas

  museums as curios these days.

  (Source:

  http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/beijing/shopping/craftw

  orks/)

Editor : Zhu Jia

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