A Turquoise and Silver-Inlaid Zitan Snuff Bottle

AD 1736 - 1795
Height: 6.3cm

With slightly concave lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a footrim, the body inlaid with a design of archaistic taotie masks and scrolls centered on three segmented turquoise inlays of ruyi-shape with pendent crosses, each inlaid section forming the horns and nose of a taotie mask, the base inscribed in seal script, Qianlong yujian (Examined by the Qianlong emperor), mother-of-pearl stopper with silver collar.