Lot 189A: Antique Chinese natural carved amber snuff bottle with 2 carps, Qing/Ming dynasty

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Description: 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. Height: 63 mm Width: 55 mm; Weight: 30.25 g; Density = 1.08; Hardness = 2.0-2.5: Refractive index= 1.54; Condition: fine, insignificant scratches, Below is very interesting link to old collection of snuff bottles. nyarc.org/digital_projects/gilded_age/31289009873151.pdf Carp Further information: Asian carp § In Chinese culture Carp (traditional Chinese: ?; simplified Chinese: ?; pinyin: 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 Yellow River at Dragon Gate (near Longmen, Zhejiang), would be transformed into a dragon: this motif symbolizes success in the civil service examinations.(Eberhard, 1983:57-58) Dragon Gate, at the border of Shanxi and Shaanxi, is where the river flows through a cleft in the Longmen mountains, supposedly made by Yu the Great. 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.
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