Antique Chinese natural carved amber snuff bottle with 2 carps, Qing/Ming dynasty. Real amber, not pressed, carved from one piece. The bottle is decorated by two carps, transforming into the dragons (front and back). Two Foo Dogs are carved at the sides. Stopper was made from more precious light amber. The bottle is partially transparent to the light. Weight: 30.25 g. Condition: fine, insignificant scratches. Authenticity: nature of amber was verified by professional jeweler in Florida. Refractive index 1.54. Below is very interesting link to old collection of snuff bottles. Asian carp § In Chinese culture. L can be transformations of dragons, or carp can sometimes change into dragons. According to tradition, a carp that could leap the falls of the. At Dragon Gate near. , would be transformed into a dragon. This motif symbolizes success in the. Dragon Gate, at the border of. Is where the river flows through a cleft in the. According to one account, all the carp competed at a yearly competition to leap the Longmen falls, those who succeeded were immediately transformed into dragons, and flew off into the sky. (Christie, 1968: 65 and 74). Pictures of Carp attempting to leap the Longmen falls have been enduringly popular in China. The item “Antique Chinese natural carved amber snuff bottle with 2 carps, Qing/Ming dynast” is in sale since Thursday, November 19, 2015. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Snuff Bottles”. The seller is “ukr10″ and is located in Clearwater Beach, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Primary Material: Amber
- Age: Pre-1800
- Region of Origin: China
- Original/Reproduction: Original